Tips for Madame Tussaud’s London

Tips for Madame Tussaud’s London 

I think it is helpful for a first timer to Madame Tussaud’s London to know just exactly what to do to get there and how to buy tickets et al as we certainly needed that information. 
Getting a Madame Tussaud’s Ticket
The fabulous thing we discovered is that if you’re only going to Madame Tussaud’s and not interested in anything else, then one adult ticket to Madame Tussaud’s London would cost GBP 29. That is about RM180 for one ticket entry. But if you get a package deal which is what we got, you pay GBP 55 for a visit to FOUR tourists sites including Madame Tussaud’s London, the London Eye, SEA Life Aquarium and The Shrek Adventure. There was an option to exchange The Shrek Adventure for The London Dungeons but the girls were too afraid to go there so we settled for The Shrek Adventure. It sounded SO unappealing to me, The Shrek Adventure, that I told them if we didn’t go there, it was OK. We were still getting a good deal for GBP 55 for 3 places since every place individually would have cost GBP20-30 anyway. But what do you know, The Shrek Adventure turned out to be the BEST site out of all four!!! 

Never judge a book by it’s cover, I say.

If you are staying at a hotel, get the hotel to make you a booking online so that they can print out the ticket for you. You will need to plan your visits of all 4 places if you get this package because Madame Tussaud’s MUST come first, not the other 3 sites. After you visit Madame Tussaud’s London, then you have 3 months to visit the rest of the 3. Awesome, right? All you need to do is bring your printed ticket to any of the sites and you will be allowed entry. 
When you arrive at Madame Tussaud’s London, don’t just blindly follow the queue outside. They have several lanes for different purposes. Go straight up to any person who looked like they worked for Madame Tussaud’s London and show them your ticket. They will guide you to exactly which lane you need to go to and you will be nicely surprised that you do not have to join that long queue outside Madame Tussaud’s London. Phew. But as you enter Lane 2 to get indoors, you will find that there is another queue inside already LOL. No worries. It goes pretty quick, maybe 20-30 minutes if you were one of the last ones on the snake queue. 
How to get to Madame Tussaud’s London

If you were taking the London Underground, then you’d want to make your way to the Baker Street Station. From there, take a left as you hit Baker Street all the way down and take another left till you see a huge green dome. THAT is Madame Tussaud’s London. 

If you were taking a bus, you could google your current location to Madame Tussaud’s London and the London TFL (transport for London) site would be able to show you exactly which buses to take to Madame Tussaud’s depending on where your exact location is. 

It is possible to walk to Madame Tussaud’s London if you are staying within London Zone 1. We were at the Hilton Hyde Park and really could have walked it but didn’t. Hahaha. Our excuse? It was too cold! Seriously, it was.

Time taken in Madame Tussaud’s London

It typically takes about 2-3 hours to finish the entire museum unless you want to take a photo with every single wax statue. We didn’t. Some tips I would advise you before going is that each wax status has eyes looking at a certain direction so it would make sense if you got your camera to the position of exactly where their eyes were looking or you would end up with photos of Nicole Kidman looking right and you looking left – a weird photo. If that suits you then fine. There are a lot of people in Madame Tussaud’s London from all over the world so expect to wait your turn for each statue which is a pain but thankfully it takes only a few seconds for everyone to get their shots with their favourite public figure. Another tip in taking photos with the wax statues is to be creative. Instead of just standing and smiling, can you imagine just standing and smiling for 30 different wax statues? Come on! Get creative! This is going to be your Madame Tussaud’s London memory!! So before going to Madame Tussaud’s London, practise 30 different unique poses you could do in front of the mirror so you get the best pictures with your favourite movie stars. Make it funny. Make it spectacular. Make it unique. 

Interesting Bits at Madame Tussaud’s London

Apart from just taking photos with wax statues, there are bits of history of Madame Tussaud’s herself and how this wax figurines thing all came about. Very interesting to learn and watch and observe as it is history after all with art thrown in. The 4D movie was my favourite because I had never been for a 4D movie before. OK, even if I have, I have forgotten and that’s how terrible my memory is these days. It was exhilarating, scary and super fun because there are moments when the experience freaks the living daylights out of you. I won’t tell you exactly what it is because that would only spoil your fun. On the way out, there was a lovely snack booth selling chocolate apples and strawberry and marshmallows, chocolate fondue. Of course I had to stop to pander to my 2 girls wishes but did not have any myself. They were expensive! 

So that marks our fun morning at Madame Tussaud’s London. I hope this helps you somewhat failing which you could always email me at mamapumpkin@gmail.com. 

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What is True Beauty?

My late Mother was truly the most beautiful person I had ever known and honest to God I am not being biased. If you knew me, you would know how strong willed I was and how I would be honest and objective in my views because I could really hold my own without anyone liking me for it. And despite the thousands of people I have met in my mid-millennium life, still nobody has jumped out as being as incredible as my Mother. Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Malcolm X, were all people I didn’t know personally so Mom still stands out as the biggest trophy of what beauty is all about.

Quite incredibly, one person has entered my life who has the same kind of heart that my Mom had. Sometimes, I even wonder if she is my Mom reincarnate. She has been every blessing that you could imagine to make my life easier, better, happier, shining bright. She is always positive and cheerful and illuminates every room her presence radiates, any space her mind sends thoughts to and her smile brings on a smile in the hardest of hearts. She gives me hope that there is still good in the world because for all that I have done in the last few years, I have begun to lose hope that anyone does understand that there is much more important work to do out there than what everyone chases. 
Many people want to be good and do good and be known to be good, almost like martyrs in saving the world, and I certainly was one such fool because I always felt that I was so blessed in my life, what was so hard about giving? What was so hard about lighting up the day of a distressed soul by sending her a morning smile? What was so hard about getting a maid for a cancer patient when I could more than afford it? What was so hard about paying for the school fees of a single Mom because she couldn’t? When a waitress’s Mom needed Chemotherapy and couldn’t afford it, my own Mother offered to pay for it and did. To me, all these sharing of blessings has been ingrained in me for all of my growing years. ALL. It has become automatic. 

Of late however, I am beginning to have a mind shift. I have been fucked so many times over that I suddenly no longer feel the urge to give. The Hubs always asks me, when you are in trouble, are any of these people going to be there for you? I tell him it does not matter because I give without expectation. But why am I giving? Why am I giving until I do not even have time or enough for myself nor my family??? I am not Aung San Su Kyi. I am beginning to not feel happy giving. I have had enough. I am not Mother Theresa. I really have had enough. I wish people would just STOP coming to me as though I was a rolling ATM machine and keep expecting me to do something or other for them. Because I no longer want to. My own health has deteriorated from all this expectations of parasites. 

When I met my old friend recently, she too had the same struggle of trying to understand why she was working so hard feeding so many mouths when she did not have to at all and as a result became sick from all her giving. The same happened to my late friend who just left this year. She was always giving and giving and giving and she kept reminding me to stop giving and to give to myself instead, to learn from her mistakes. I would always nod obediently but not practice. Now I know. 

The time has come when I take your advice, precious Alice. I will stop giving and give only when my heart feels happy and big to give again. The same bitches surrounding you that need to show are still showing. They are like a poison in my memory and I wish I never gave to them because whilst they continue their mockery and slander, I have boosted their businesses by increasing the zeroes in their sales. That energy could have been used more positively to help others much more worthy. Giving makes me incredibly happy but when it is expected, I give and then feel sucky. What a fool. The Hubs is not happy about my giving habits but when I give to the right people, I am on top of the world. 

The world is unfair.

People are always bitching and making up stories and being really cruel yet they are not the ones who are ready to put RM100,000 out to help the next person. Oh, let’s not talk figures. How much time are they willing to give to help another? Just put your big talk action where your mouth is, right? 

I guess you live and learn. 

I now have someone in my life who gives as much as I do, maybe more, and it is so much comfort for me. This is a lady who would drive from one end of the world to the other to pick someone up to go back to her end of the world, and then later drive that person back home at the other end of the world and back to the other end again. That’s only about 4 hours and 200km in an evening. And she has done much, much more than that. She gives me hope that I am not the only psychotic lunatic in this world who gives selflessly without expectation and without the need to show. Thank you, God, for bringing this Angel to surface. For her existence, life is good again……there is beauty. And I do love beautiful people.

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Smile

Smile when the rain pours down 

Smile when the rainbow shines

Smile when your heart is broken

Smile, it is a free token

Smile when the birds fly

Smile when your daughter cries

Smile when you fall over

Smile even when sober

Smile when it is painful

Smile, it is not just a rule

Smile when it is dark

Smile, it may just light up a spark

Smile when the clouds gloom

Smile even when you’re alone in the room

Smile when your heart sings

Smile to radiate stars and diamond rings

If everyone were to smile

The walk becomes a shorter mile

Hand in hand united with smiles

We will never go out of style.

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Why Malaysia Airlines won’t have my vote for Economy

Why Malaysia Airlines won’t have my vote for Economy is because they gave me such an unpleasant experience when I flew to London this month. We decided to fly Economy to save money this month because we have gone to Niseko, have Australia and Scandinavia booked for a month later, and on top of that have all our other smaller travel plans like to Pattaya, Jakarta and so on. Save money!! Bad move. 

Despite being born in Singapore, I am a patriotic Malaysian. I have always been and supporting the National Carrier has always been a priority never mind what everyone else says. Hey, my own Uncle was a flight Engineer for MAS for the longest time and he himself has told us the horror stories back in the day. Not just him but many other MAS employees and airport syndicates, and I still use MAS because it is convenient. 

We have been flying Business since I made some money with but with this impromptu London trip, I decided not to do Business because we were already doing Business for Australia and Scandinavia and did Business for Niseko, plus perhaps due to a last minute booking, Business for the 3 of us to London would have cost RM75,000. One adult with two kids and the Hubs wasn’t even with us to enjoy it. We’ll wing it, I decided and now I regret. 

I am traveling alone with 2 girls one of which is a 7 year old child who is for a better word, a child. Watching movies on the plane is her highlight and at Economy, the screen is not flexible enough to bend to her height so she needs to kneel on the seat to be able to watch a movie. Kneeling for 2 hours is tiring. I asked for some extra pillows so I could prop her high and perhaps she could then have a chance of watching her favourite movie. They gave me one extra pillow. We tried it and it wasn’t high enough so I asked for another and the steward said, sorry that is the only extra pillow I have. I did not believe it for a second and true enough, there were several empty seats that had unused pillows, there were more than a dozen actually. 

Then my little Missy needed the washroom. They were occupied for the longest time and the queues were piling up. Not being able to stand a whining child who needed to pee, I brought her to the front to the Business washrooms where there were exactly TWO occupants in the ENTIRE Business section. And by the time we returned, mind you we left the washroom super clean as is and even folded the toilet paper back to it’s hotel V style, a resting bitch faced stewardess marched up to me and said, “Mam, your toilets are at the back,” and gave me the most obvious mata jeling before walking off. Wow. If I didn’t have my kids with me, I would have called her back to explain herself. Make a scene, I don’t care. Nobody wins when I argue with my words. 

That aside, raised voices were heard as cabin crew fought with one of the passengers and when we pinged them to ask for some water, the same rude air stewardess came and asked rudely what we wanted. It was all in the tone. Now one rude crew is bad enough but I noticed that exactly 4 were rude and really not befitting the original courteous MAS crew that Malaysia was so famously known for.  

With that, I have decided that not only will we no longer fly Air Asia but we will also not fly Malaysia Airlines on Economy. We are sure running out of airlines to fly, aren’t we! It is not hard to be kind, really. The child needed a washroom. How difficult is it to have a bit of empathy? I guess Malaysia Airlines would lose out on 8 Business class tickets alone this year. Too bad about Niseko because we already did that on MAS. But we intend to fly many more years of travel to see the world once the Hubs has stopped his work and the more people are unkind, the more they will lose out on business. Perhaps they don’t care. That is OK. I am certainly not putting my money where I am not appreciated. 

Besides, do they even maintain their planes? Did you hear about the time when my wheelchair friend was left behind on a MAS flight for over an hour? Malaysia BOLEH.

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True Love

We have been together for 20 years, the Hubs and I, and not once have I pondered about being with another man. Despite his boarding school rigidness and family imperfections, he is the greatest thing in my world. Although he represents the hard decisions in our home, he is also big enough to work for us, fill up my petrol for me every single week, check my tyres and load my Touch & Go whenever he knows I am about to drive a fair bit, tracks my whereabouts with his phone app, and spends ALL his weekends and evenings with us at home. People tease him that he has no friends, no life, but he just chooses to be with us instead because we are his priority. We have so many haters I am sure, but hello, I chose him. People say he must be boring because he seldom talks to others (as he is a people repeller like me) but little do they know what a riot he is with us at home. He is crazy funny with us at home!

During the weekends, he does all the cooking, driving, washing up, basically EVERYTHING so I do not have to lift a finger. He understands that I do everything during the week already with the kids so the weekends and evenings are officially my off days. And now, he is quitting his job to take care of me FULL TIME. How bloody awesome is that. I am so darn lucky. 

And I will admit that I really felt his love when his company offered him a double deal to stay on and he declined. They made him the offer to solve all his problems and in a way, we felt bad too because here they were being so kind to us, and here we were, not accommodating them. I was terrified that the Hubs would be drawn back for so much money but so glad he stood his ground. He did it for me and it showed me that he really knew what was important. Our lives are important. All the money in the world was not going to make us happier and happier. We are already happy. It is time together that we want. So in exactly 1 week, we will see my new house husband at home God only knows doing what. It would be weird!

But having him home would be great as it would give me an extra brain to bounce my ideas off with. I would build the greatest company to date because I can. The girls are not happy about him being home because they think that they would have less money to spend without Daddy’s salary and that he would no longer be the boss of his work place. How innocent the eyes of children are. Truth be told, I think they are just worried that he will be home to nag them about their homework and school work and to cut their TV and phone time LOL.

I am so happy I chose my yin to my yang. The guy who is always thinking of my Mom and suggesting that we go visit Nana this weekend and every other weekend. He truly is our everything as we are his everything. He takes such good care of my 2 monkeys, teaching them about science and how things work. Whenever T1 asks me questions, I would just act dumb all the time because I am too lazy to answer her so the Hubs gets all the credit about being the smart one. Do I care? Not one bit. They can think Mommy is the dumb blonde but truly they don’t because they have seen how amazing Mommy can be too. Haha.

We are really blessed. Thank you, Universe. 

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Updates – He changed his mind!!!!! Blablablabla….. My Mom always told me not to open my big mouth whenever something good happened as I would jinx it and I have done exactly that. Blablablabla……

I am furious but trying to come to acceptance. 

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Rolling Pin from London

Apart from the thermometer hunt, we also had to hunt for rolling pins because the Hubs sent us for a rolling pin hunt. Isn’t it quite weird for a husband to send a wife to go buy a rolling pin? Well, it is because he makes th tortilla wraps for our Mexican dishes at home from scratch and we do not have a proper rolling pin. Timber rolling pins give us the creeps because of the grain that hides bacteria and gets moldy so he wanted me to search for a metal or good plastic one in London. We went everywhere and we could not find a bloody rolling pin! We saw online that some places had marble rolling pins but the thought of carrying back marble put me off. 

One day at Sainsbury’s, the girls were so tired looking for rolling pins that T1 said, hey Mom, why don’t we just get this toilet brush holder for daddy and he could use the jar as his rolling pin. It was round and it did looked like it could work but a toilet brush holder????? LOL. I told the Hubs and he said, “OK, just make sure she knows that her Tortillas are being made with a toilet brush holder, ya?”

And then T1 had a spotlight moment and remembered seeing baking stuff at Spotlight at Ikano. Let’s send Daddy there, she requested. And so we are flying back from London sans rolling pin. 

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Braun Thermometer Hunting in London 

A friend of ours in KL asked us to get her a thermometer so off we went thermometer hunting. BRAUN Thermoscan 7 to be exact which was much cheaper than London than it was in KL. T1 was asking why we needed to get my friend a thermometer? Does she have young children? I was also contemplating getting one for myself when T1 said what for??? We never get fever, no need!!! Then I reminded her that they both indeed DID get a fever this year after not getting one for over 2 years but it was gone within a day with Izumio. Truly, thank you Izumio, because it is for you that I have hope again. 

Coming back to our thermometer hunt, we went to several Boots Stores to compare prices and models and brands LOL. And T1 finally said I should tell my friend to take more Izumio instead then she wouldn’t need a thermometer like us. The thing is, as sharp as my eyes are for scale and detail, my hands are just as sensitive to touch and I can tell when my children are having a fever and I can even tell quite accurately how high the fever is, just by touching them. No kidding. I just have that talent. And it has always been correct. Plus I also have ESP and a photographic memory. Don’t ask. I was just born like that.  

Long story short, I did not get a thermometer for our home even though I really wanted to. And I am proud of myself for not getting anything for myself in London because really, I needed nothing. I would rather spend my money flying on Business because hey, I am a business woman after all. 

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The Rocket Launch of T2

I am so amazingly blessed with these 2 girls of mine that I really do not know what I have done to deserve them. Last week at the park in London, T2 suddenly asked me if we could go back to the hotel. Not such a big problem since the hotel was just across the road from Kensington Gardens but I was in the middle of my tea and I disliked being interrupted. The worse thing is to have to rush through a nice hot cuppa tea, know what I mean?! I told her to wait till I finished and not to rush me. After what was less than a minute, she asked me again if we could go back to the hotel. Yes, of course we can but please wait. Then she asked what time we could go back to the hotel and I almost lost it until she said she needed to poo. 

ARGHHHHHH!!!!!!!

So we packed up and headed across the road back to the Hilton Hyde Park and the moment I opened the room door, she rushed into the bathroom and said, “10….9……8……7……..my rocket is about to launch now……..6……”

At that moment, my elder girl, T1 rushed into the bathroom, something she would never have done before for fear of smelling T2’s poo, and said to me laughing, “I want to see if her poo rocket really comes out at the time it’s supposed to come out!!! LOL”

There I was rolling my eyeballs because something so serious a minute ago became so hilarious and within seconds I heard big girl T1 screaming out to me, “The rocket poo is delayed, she said she had some technical difficulties!!! T2 said maybe another 20 seconds, Ma!!!”

OK, I admit. I found that damn funny.

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The decision of an entrepreneur

Sometimes, if I may say so myself, I am really proud of myself for making good decisions. I do not know why I am so lucky and many a time, I tell people that my late Mom is helping me in all my luck; but I forget that even before Mom passed away, I was still lucky as hell. And I will always remember the day Mark Davies of Regus said to me when my numbers were so good and I claimed luck on my side, “You make your own luck, Patsy.” That gave me the confidence to do more. 

We’ve just spent 2 glorious weeks in London, just me and my girls, and had the most wonderful time. I spoilt them rotten and we did everything together just us three girls. We watched musicals, we played at the park, we went to playgrounds, we visited friends, we went to all the kid activities in London, we visited tourist sites, we chilled together doing nothing. It was FANTASTIC. Oh, and yes, of course we went shopping. Not me but me for the girls. I bought them ice-cream daily and bought them anything they wanted from Hamley’s and Waterstones and everywhere else. So of course we racked up quite a bit on the credit card even though we told Daddy that we wouldn’t be shopping. We brought GBP1,500 with us but ended up spending more because London sucks you by taking great photos of you without you knowing and then sell them to you at exorbitant rates. WTF. We got suckered every single time. 
Thus VAT refunds were top priority for me when we left for home. Wait. Where is home now, London or KL? Because VAT was 17% wasn’t it? And after all our shopping, 4 figures back would have been quite nice indeed but WTF when we went to the VAT queue, there was the whole of China and India ahead of us. I discussed with my elder daughter if this was worth the wait. 40 minutes the VAT porter said. T1, bless her heart, said Mommy…..with this money, we could have a few meals. After waiting in queue for 10 minutes, I decided fuck it. Let’s go. We kissed our VAT refund goodbye. 

Our next big decision was whether or not to upgrade ourselves to Business upon arrival in London due to our shit flight from KL to London where the whole of China and India were on the plane as well. I had asked the Hubs earlier if he minded us upgrading and at that point, the Hotel staff had said RM19,xxx to upgrade as it was a last minute exercise. I argued that their seats were empty ANYWAY. And if I had been a little more organised, I could have bid for 3 Business seats and gotten it much cheaper. The Hubs had said to go for it to maintain my sanity. He knows how impatient I am and how I have earned my right to demand quality from everyone because till today, I still know nobody who works harder than I do. Not something to be proud of but well, you know, I have earned my place in this world. I really have. I deserve everything that I have right now because I have worked my ass off for it. 

Another thing we discussed with the Hubs was whether we should get a new suitcase because we were overloaded. He asked what happened to no shopping in London but who can resist. He was genius enough to solve our problems at the 11th hour and this is why I married the man that he is. At the airport, the kids and I discussed if we should upgrade to Business because by then, they considered it a super LAST MINUTE ENTRY and the price was even more. WTF. It was literally 2 hours before departure when we decided that we would upgrade our flight so we could all get a good night’s sleep and be comfortable. There is just so much more space in Business and I really cannot do Economy anymore if I could help it. I don’t want to be snooty but I like my comfort. T1 and I rationalised that if I earned double that in a week, then it would be OK to upgrade our flight to Business because by the next 7 days, I would have made more than enough of it back. The power of a network marketing business. 

And what a glorious flight it was!!! It was almost like my Mom had pushed us to that decision because over the last few days, we had taken so long to justify ourselves traveling on Business yet. On flight, I met 2 Doctors who were both older than me traveling separately but seated behind us. One was a stem cell expert and one dealt with neurosurgery. I learnt about the inside road of the medical field, how it was shit and bull, and how amino acids were the next big thing. These were businessmen. They were traveling the world giving talks at medical conferences and were experts in their field. And from talking to them, they confirmed that Doctors were businessmen who didn’t care so much (according to them anyway) about our health really, but more about making money. Really. There was big, big money to be made. Internationally. The stem cell guy was 62 and had 2 sons who were also Doctors, sharp and funny British Indian guy. The other guy was English and also very witty. I had a great time and my daughters probably thought I was flirting with some strange old uncles. 

The taxi ride was wonderful too. Despite my promise of not giving any cash out this year (what a joke), and I am really trying hard to practise this and failing quite miserably, I gave the Taxi man who was from Algeria GBP100. He was shocked and said wow! That’s a big tip! And I said it’s for the education that you offered to us about the history of Algeria which he did spend the entire journey sharing with us. I thought it was fascinating. And since I learnt from Mr Oberoi of the world class hotel chain that we should always keep ahead of ourselves by learning something new every single day, what the taxi driver taught me was invaluable. I am grateful that way. And when I am grateful, I tend to give. 
My girls are proud of their mother. I know it. The small one may not understand so much yet but I know they are both very proud of me that I work and I earn and I am well respected because as simple as I may be being able to relate to the old uneducated aunty or the guy who takes out the trash, I am also able to converse and argue with oncologists and investment analysts who are bullshitters in my opinion. Oh, and of late, I have been arguing quite a bit with a Cambridge educationist about some technical jargon. It’s all bullshit. I am so proud of my Mom who showed me that we could all be as clever as hell but not everyone has a kind heart. Like a really genuine heart. And to all the fuckers who are obnoxiously intelligent, they mean nothing in my world. Seriously. Until they can give with a sincere heart, they are just another cattle of rats. The irony. 
So a good friend of mine cheered me up big time when I was in London by sending me all these quotes which were so relevant in my life. They were:

Hustle until your haters ask if you’re hiring. Take note FAR far. 

Please don’t mind me if my hustle offends the shit out of you. I do apologise. 

Don’t get mad when I pull a you on you. In fact I have done a better version of you. Try fucking with me again? 

Queens do not compete with hoes. Oh, how I love this! 

Not everyone likes me but then again, not everyone matters. 

The above was just PERFECT to complement my bitchy PMS state in London which I actually had an easy time with this month due to the Young Living PPP oil I bought recently from a friend. It worked. That is good enough for me.

Just don’t fuck with me. I am so kind until you pull a nasty and once you do, you will never get me back. It’s just how I roll. You would have to be a bigger person to win back an even bigger heart. I am confident like that. 
My biggest challenge right now is dealing with the tax man. I gave so much money away last year that I never got any receipts for because how would you ask a single mom for a receipt for cash that you give her right? Nor did I imagine that I would have to pay a few hundred thousand in tax. It freaked me out initially but WTF, I will just pay it. We all live and learn. When one door closes, several new doors open. They always have and always will. My Muslim friend said that all these haters coming into my life was actually a blessing because whilst people hate, humans would disappoint but God will not. 

Thank you for the loveliest and most incredible time of memories made in London, Universe/ God/whoever made it possible. The 3 of you up there in Heaven protecting me and the 3 of you down here who love me, thank you. 

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Why I Love London

After seeing a friend visit London, my heart ached for London and within 2 days, we were off to London. London is where my soul grew. It is home for me just like KL is home for me too. It is like London was my life pre-kids and Malaysia is my life post-kids. Both extremely important. 

I love London for it’s people. Generally, people are intelligent, accommodating, broad minded, worldly, intellectual, and well, people think. After being in business in Malaysia this last 2 years, Malaysian mentality leaves much to be desired and I feel my brain rotting in Malaysia. I feel sorry for my kids that they are surrounded by less than mediocre peers although they are just children so I shouldn’t judge. But when T1 has peers who swear and talk foolishly, it just makes me feel that the quality of classmates that she has is just so poor. Yet after talking to friends in London about their own schooling issues, London has it’s own problems too with drugs and sex at this age. Sigh. 

I love London for her rich culture of the performing arts, the many places to visit and things to do, the beautiful parks that we could just run around in and do nothing on grass, blue skies, red buses and. London Underground that zips you to wherever you needed to go, London has a system. Malaysia does not. London has every nationality in it, talents from all over the world, it is world class. Malaysia is not. London has a police force that cares and does it’s job. Although London has it’s fair share of crime and crazies, Malaysia has it’s crime too. All this unhappiness with Muslims is politically engineered. It makes me sick. We should all just love and give and slowly the world will get better and better. Someone has to make that first step. I want a better world for my children which is why I do what I do. But of late, Malaysia is almost pushing me to leave. I want to move to London. Yet I do not want to. What shall I do??? 

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London 2017

And so we went. Packed our bags and went. Contacted the school to pardon my big girl from her annual production rehearsals and flew for our girly time, just the 3 of us. 

It was the most glorious thing. We had 10 full days in London rolling around in parks, visiting all the kid friendly tourist sites, sometimes 3 in a day, can you believe it? And we learnt all about the transportation system in London and met up with several friends, played slime, did cartwheels, read books, ate apple pies, actually we bought over a dozen books oh my goodness, we are crazy!!! To the point we had a problem bringing home luggage but the Hilton staff were ever so gracious in finding us a box and tape and even got us some string to tie up our box labelled FRAGILE but full of dirty laundry. I didn’t want to risk the books in a box so placed them in a suitcase instead. We bought so much stuff from Paperchase as well. We are crazy. But the stuff are so irresistible there and it reminds me of my architectural escapades when Paperchase was walking distance to my halls of residence, good ol’ Gower Street. I love UCL. Weight wasn’t a problem since we flew Business. The MH staff took very good care of us. T2 was the youngest Business traveller and although there were easily 30 Business seats, majority were businessmen and perhaps 2-3 women. What the hell? The gentlemen behind me were Doctors so I had a great time. The gentleman beside T1 was so curious about her life asking her loads of questions. And everyone was rather tickled with little T2 because her size was just so wrong on a Business seat. There is just no turning back after you start flying Business everywhere. It is expensive but so worth it. Recently, the company asked if I wanted to fly Business to our next holiday destination to Club Med Phuket and I politely declined. I also fly to Jakarta in 10 days with some Business Partners and will not go on Business just to be with them. These are the rare exceptions that I would forego Business and quite honestly, I do it for my back and my bum. The pain it saves me translates into cash for medical. So there. 

The Wifi at the Hilton really sucked in London so I paid for my own Malaysian data instead for the entire trip. It made sense too since we were out and about daily having so much fun. And thank you, God, we did not fall sick nor had any accidents except for a small one where T2 got her shoe stuck in an escalator. I completely freaked. All is good. 

We laughed, we ate great food, we had SO MUCH FUN, we watched musicals, we partied, we met new people, we ran in the park, we took loads of photos, it was perfect. The Hubs asked if we still wanted to do London again in December and I immediately said YES.

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What are Carotenoids?

What are Carotenoids?

Carotenoids are the pigmentation of fruit and vegetables in a natural liquid state. Try smashing a strawberry up on a white chopping board and you will see some red stains. THAT is the carotenoid of the strawberry.

Carotenoids have been researched and found to be extremely powerful at helping our body keep great health. Allow me to share:

Plants are exposed to excess ultraviolet radiation (the sun), predator pests (bugs, worms and insects) and pollution (airborne), resulting in the development of dangerous free radicals within the plant cells, which causes damage to the plant proteins, cell membranes and DNA of the plant. Plants produce carotenoids (pigmentation) which not only give them their colours but act as a powerful defence to protect the plants from their damaging environment. Carotenoids help plants fight disease. These substances are known as phytochemicals (or phytonutrients).

Humans are also exposed to radiations, pollution and environmental contamination. However, we do not produce phytonutrients. Thus, it is necessary for us to obtain our phytonutrients from the fruit and vegetables of the rainbow.

Carotenoids are the pigmentations that give plants their bright yellow, orange, blue or red colouring. There are more than 600 different carotenoids in existence, but the most well-known ones include Lycopene, Alpha-carotene, Beta-carotene, Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Carotenoids are fat-soluble meaning they need to be consumed with sources of fat (eg. DHA) in order for the body to absorb them best.

Types of Carotenoids

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

These carotenoids are the only two that are found in our eyes and brains, which is why they are accredited with protecting and improving our eye and brain health.

As lutein and zeaxanthin are yellow, they can effectively absorb the blue light portion of the visible light. Blue light is the high-energy light that can damage our natural eye lenses and the retina of our eyes. When they are present in our eyes, they act like internal sunglasses, absorbing the blue light and reducing oxidative stress. Studies have shown that people who consume high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin tend to experience less age-related eye problems, including Aged Macular Degeneration, cataract and glaucoma.

Source of Lutein and Zeaxanthin

The best sources of these carotenoids are dark leafy green vegetables and other green or yellow vegetables such as spinach, kale, turnip greens, green peas, mustard greens, etc. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), cooked kale spinach contain the most lutein and zeaxanthin compared to other vegetables. So do include them into your weekly diet!

Lycopene

Lycopene is the red-coloured pigmentation found in tomatoes, watermelons, papaya, carrots, red bell peppers and grapefruit. Compared to eating them raw, lycopene is more easily absorbed when cooked. Given its oil-soluble nature, cooking lycopene-containing foods with some oil can enhance the absorption of lycopene by the body.

The benefits of Lycopene are as follow:-

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • A study published in Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics (a Science Journal) found that, of all the carotenoids, lycopene was most effective at deactivating reactive oxygen (a harmful free radical)
  • Reduces prostate cancer
  • A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), show that men with the highest levels of lycopene were 21% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those with lower lycopene levels
  • Promotes bone health, great for Osteoporosis patients
  • A study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR) showed that participants with higher levels of lycopene were less likely to experience hip or nonvertebral fracture

Alpha & Beta Carotene

These are provitamin A carotenoids where they can be turned into vitamin A (retinol) according to the needs of our body. Dr. Ray D. Strand, M.D., author of ‘What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You’ does not recommend the use of straight vitamin A because of its potential toxicity. He suggests supplements with carotenoids such as Alpha-carotene and Beta-carotene that would provide the vitamin A our body needs with no toxicity issues as the carotenoids will convert into Vitamin A by only what the body requires at any one time.

Alpha and Beta-carotene gives orange foods their colour. They are found in cantaloupe, mangoes, papaya, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale and pumpkin. Good sources of Alpha and Beta-carotene include pumpkin, carrots, tomatoes, collards, tangerines, winter squash and peas.

Benefits of Alpha-carotene and Beta-carotene:-

  • Being an important flavonoid compound, Alpha and Beta-carotene have powerful antioxidant functions that help the body scavenge free radicals and limits damage to cell membranes, DNA and protein structures in the tissues.
  • According to WebMD, Alpha and Beta-carotene are used to decrease asthma symptoms caused by exercise; to prevent certain cancers, heart disease, cataracts, and age related macular degeneration(AMD); they also assist in the treatment of AIDS, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, epilepsy, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and skin disorders including psoriasis and vitiligo
  • Studies have shown that Beta-carotene promotes heart health. For instance, a Japanese study published in the Journal of Epidemiology (study of diseases) found that participants with the highest blood levels of Beta-carotene were less likely to die from heart disease
  • The synergistic effect of Alpha-carotene with lycopene is found to be associated with reduced risk of lung cancer in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Crocetin

Crocetin is a pigment extracted from the gardenia fruit or the saffron stigma. Every 750 kg of gardenia flowers and fruit yields just 1kg of precious natural crocetin. Crocetin has amphipathic properties and dissolves in both water and oil which makes it a unique and powerful carotenoid.

Benefits of Crocetin:-

One of its important properties is due to its small molecule size which allows it to be absorbed quickly and efficiently by the body. Crocetin promotes blood circulation and blood detoxification. It also exerts anti-inflammatory properties which helps relieve pain. A study published in the Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Journal of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology) found that crocetin in saffron, has shown to be an anti-tumour agent in animal models, whereby it hinders growth factors of cancerous cells and induces cell death.

Your ONE STOP Source of Carotenoids

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Girly Trip – Quality Time

The most amazing thing happened 3 days ago. I suddenly felt like going to London because London holds so many memories that are close to my heart. It is my home away from home and the city that gave me my strength and grit to be successful in this world today.

On impulse, I told the Hubs that I wanted to go to London, even if just for a weekend. I wanted to see my friends. I wanted to walk London. I wanted my safe Haven. And then I realised it was the school holidays this week so I thought well, why not just bring my girls along with me? As the Hubs is about to retire and have his last day from employment ever on 30 April, there was just no way he could take time off to come with us. There is just so much to handover and I understood. We had already planned to visit London during our Northern Lights leg this Christmas but since I needed London now now now, in 2 days, I have planned our entire 2 week holiday in London without the Hubs.

It will be a fabulous time, just me and my girls, doing all the fun kiddy stuff, and I get to catch up with all my friends one by one, some whom I have not seen for over 20 years; so I am really looking forward to tomorrow where weather will drop by 20 degrees Celsius.

We are almost packed and are staying at the London Hilton with a view of Hyde Park. How awesome is that? I never imagined that I would be able to stay at a decent hotel in London ever and I never really had to because we have so many friends there that we could stay with. But this time, since it was 2 weeks, I didn’t want to impose on anyone even though I am very sure they would love having us the entire time. So we booked a hotel and can you imagine my spoilt princesses living out of a Bed and Breakfast? No. T1 is already determined to earn her own take as she has seen the high life and works her ass off to get great grades at school. T2 doesn’t understand so much yet but I am sure she will catch on, or perhaps she will find a fast track route and marry a millionaire instead LOL. I would certainly brainwash her into knowing that a man’s heart is worth much more than all the millions in the world.

We have drawn out an itinerary for London and researched all the places that we want to visit but more importantly, it is a time for me to enjoy my girls with no distractions AT ALL. We are so close, me and my girls, that I just know that we will have a smashing time.

LUCKY US!!!

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My Little T1 (except she is no longer so little…..)

We are now in year 2017.

T1 was born in 2004 and I started this blog in 2006. Yes, no kidding. I started it in the context of being a lonely mother because all my friends were not yet Moms and I needed an outlet because caring for a baby round the clock by yourself can drive you up the wall several times a day. Thoughts of throwing the baby out of the window or jumping out myself replayed every now and again so thank goodness for this blog, I found my sanity. Fast forward 11 years later, hey, we are still here living life better than ever!

T1, coming out into this world, made me the happiest girl ever. I had never felt such elation having met my first newborn despite being an over-ambitious career woman who had no plans at all to have a baby and really just had it to please my Mom as she was unfortunately then ill-stricken by cancer just after my wedding. We had plans to live without kids for a few good years before getting tied down but alas fate was not on our side so we made T1. God really sent me a good one. She came out being the loudest crying baby in the entire hospital and the hairiest baby gorilla too. But oh, she was the most precious thing. My Father-In-Law flew down just for the day to catch a glimpse of his first grandchild and my Mom was with us every single day doting on her first grandchild too. Goodness me, if there was one baby that was spoilt to the core, T1 was it. By her grandparents, not us. We literally didn’t have to get her anything because the grandparents themselves bought her anything and everything she ever wanted and needed. SPOILT!!!

As a toddler, T1 and I were busy having playgroups and playdates and we joined every enrichment play class under the sun because I was a new mother then and did not know what else to do with her. No regrets. She attended the Julia Gabriel Playclub and went to Chiltern House and I think really absorbed a lot throughout her childhood and had her body and brain stimulated to the max. She started reading at 3.5 years old and by 5, she was reading The Famous Five and by 7, the Harry Potter series despite many saying it wasn’t suitable for young children.

Now at 12, her very last year of being a child before hitting her teenaged life, she has blossomed into a sweet and helpful girl who can lash at you with a caustic tongue when necessary. I know right!!! How did that happen??? It must be in the genes!!! And apart from being the sweet pea that she is, T1 is also very, very smart. You know how I am such a lazy ass Mom who never helps their kids with their homework (well, mine never did!), because I believe that when the time is right, they will sort it out themselves; T1 is a consistent straight A student. Not that A’s really matter so much to me at all but she just is. Yet she isn’t a nerd at all. She is creative and witty and persistent. She can hold her own and think for herself in many situations, and to be quite frank, has helped me out of many problems with her problem solving skills. She is my best friend! She is so mature and understands the ways of the world and so far has not needed to keep up with peer pressure. All her classmates swear but she doesn’t. Well, I really hope she doesn’t. Because I can see that even though she is not as rich as some of her classmates who love showing off, she is completely self-assured in her own skin. She knows that she does not need to be rich to be of substance. And I am so proud of her for that.

She is really my Mother in a young body. She has so much of my Mom’s genes but I hope she never gets cancer. Thankfully, she is quite educated on quality food and does not have bad food habits so I hope it sticks and she will never be ill. Furthermore, she is a happy child for now so I pray that she never has to go through any form of sadness in her life. As long as we are tight as a family, we should be A-OK.

T1, my darling…..you really are so, so special to me, and I love you more than you will ever imagine, my precious pumpkin pie. Even when I scream at you for bullying your sister!

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Counting Our Blessings and Beyond…..

Gosh. How long has it been since I last came here? I have been living life!

So.

Niseko.

Blessing #1

It snowed SO MUCH that you just cannot imagine. When we went in December last year, we were praying for snow and it snowed on Christmas Day and 2 other times. Snowing was such a BIG THING then but this time round in mid February (peak season), it was not only snowing every single day but on some days it was OVER snowing LOL. Is there such a thing? We were praying the snow would stop!!! But yes, so much snow that it was easy to ski, easy for the kids to build their snowman, and it was just beautiful because everywhere you look, it was white.

Blessing #2

We had SO MUCH FUN. Like seriously. It was SO FUNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!! All I remembered doing was laughing every single day!!!!! And we were all super happy. I mean, what was there not to be happy about? We were in snow daily skiing daily, eating Japanese food and home cooked food, we had each other, we had all our ski gear sorted, we had a huge penthouse to stay in for the entire week, we had an outdoor jacuzzi, no complaints at all.

Blessing #3

The Hubs got to go out naked into the freezing minus 6 degrees cold whilst it was blizzardly snowing into the jacuzzi. We had the craziest time. HE WAS NUTS!!!! He decided on impulse that since we were already paying for the penthouse, we might as well use it!!! But no way were we girls sold so he jumped in and my goodness, it was the most hilarious thing in the world. Within seconds, his hair froze over and he had a frozen iced head!!! That was just FREAKY!!!! And then his loyal daughter walked out in her winter jacket to join him outdoors just to keep him company and I was shouting out to him saying, “Did you ever think what would happen if I locked you out? Or if the sliding door got stuck and it wouldn’t open for you to get back in?????” He was naked, I kid you not. And then I asked him, “Did you think of how getting out of the jacuzzi is going to work because you’d be wet and the walking distance from jacuzzi to door is about 20 slippery steps???” I think his mind was laden with fear at that point. GOOD TIMES. Him getting out o the jacuzzi was plenty hilarious.

Blessing #4

We had awesome home cooked food every single day and whenever we ate out, it was just pure authentic ramen and sashimi, so amazingly fresh. The kids really enjoyed themselves with all the Japanese food and I had my special strawberry mochi and Royce chocolate crisps LOL. ALL of us loved the food in Japan including the weird treats that Japan has to offer. Seriously, I should have documented every single one of our meals in Japan!

Blessing #5

T2 got to have a few private lessons at ski school with the loveliest ski instructors, all of whom were European. One of them was just 18 years old and working on holiday before returning to the UK for University. They were all so fun and talented and very child friendly and became my Facebook friends. See? I am a people magnet. Of course, I repel people too but usually it’s just people who cannot keep up or who have jealousy issues. No sweat. We could have received an old bitch of a ski instructor but we never did. And despite the fact that each ski lesson for 2-3 hours was RM1,200-1,500 per session, having enough financial freedom meant we could have ski lessons as long as we needed to. After all, we did spend a few thousand on ski goggles alone! I won’t be in this world for so long so we might as well live it up.

Blessing #6

I got to have a few hours with my childhood friend by chance. I believe it was fated and I believe that my late Mom has been orchestrating all these chance meetings with all my childhood best friends. Like last year, when we met my Cambridge friend in Tokyo staying at the same hotel too, yet I hadn’t spoken to her in maybe 15-20 years? Far out, right??? Yet when we connected, the love was still there like nothing had ever changed. Quite a few of my childhood friends were in Niseko whilst I was there from all the Facebook and Instagram postings but I never made an effort to contact anyone because I am bad and lazy like that. But this friend contacted me and so we met and had a great catch up after all this time since she moved out of country. Blessed. I felt the love.

Blessing #7

We travelled on Business Class because after travelling on Business, it is so hard to go back. It is just so much more comfortable. My kids are the most spoiled kids to travel Business class so young but there are advantages to it because now they want to study hard to ensure their lifestyle continues. The Japan Airlines plane we took was super cool with no window blinds but a glass screen that turned colour instead at the push of a button. Talk about technology! Many of my richer friends travel on Economy but I have a good reason because my legs don’t reach the floor and traveling on Economy would cost me more damage to my back thus am willing to pay for Business. But so blessed to be able to afford Business. Seriously. I would never do this without the income I get from my MLM business. Yet we will not die without it. Seriously.

Blessing #8

All went smoothly and it scored a 10 out of 10 holiday. Nobody had any accidents, everyone was super happy and excited the whole way, even when I got an SOS work call from Malaysia, I was pleasantly happy to receive it, we took loads of amazing photos and so thankful for our wefie stick that came from Kampung Setia Alam at the 11th hour (so useful!), we even took hilarious videos and are still in the process of taking hilarious videos about the memory of the trip! As such, we are now planing our month long Northern Lights trip for winter and Christmas with a detour to meet Santa and his reindeers, and a smashing fortnight in South Australia in winter as well. So grateful for the opportunity to see the world……

ANYONE can do this. They just need to put their fears aside and follow my duplication process. Easy. You’d be daft not to follow it if you wanted my kind of financial freedom because it is really very doable; a 15 year old can do it and a 90 year old can do it. What’s your excuse?

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Adventure Holiday with Mamapumpkin and Family

2016 was busy and rough. Too many changes. Somewhere along the line with me running so many projects and the Hubs tying up all his loose ends before he retires from full time employment, we both got busy and overlooked a few details about our holiday bookings with each of us always depending on the other to get things done.

From Hong Kong to Kota Bharu to Tanjong Jara, the day to Japan finally arrived. We left home at 6pm taking an Uber BMW for RM200+ who actually originated from Kota Bharu and lived down the road from the Hubs in Kelantan too! Score! He drove his Beemer like a Ferrari, it had been lowered to replicate a Sports Car and we were whizzed to the airport in super time. Having never taken Business Class with Japan Airlines before, we were saying how difficult was it to email or text us the check-in counter details instead of us trying to find it. Right? You are paying Business prices, you should have a certain level of convenience. At Check-In (we didn’t have to queue), the lady at counter said that the bags did not go straight to Sapporo and we would have to remove them at Osaka to check-in again. Oh. How inconvenient. Never mind. We set off to Departures for a free dinner at the Golden Lounge and waited for our flight.

#FailNumberOne

When we got on board, we suddenly realised that the 4 of use were seated SEPARATELY on Business!!! WTF!!! From the moment we checked in till then, the Hubs had not even bothered to look at the Boarding Passes and only on the plane were we greeted with this huge shock. I was SO STRESSED. The Hubs said he had pre-booked our seats but apparently not! He only pre-booked the fly-home seats though in his head he pre-booked all seats. Duh!!! He obviously never checked when he did it all!!! I was so mad!!! Why the heck would a family pay over RM25,000 for Business when we couldn’t even sit together and what about my little T2??? Was a stranger supposed to help her with her needs??? The air crew told us that they would try to get others to switch seats but it would depend on the other passengers because this was Business and they had all pre-booked seats. Could you just see the smoke spewing out of my ears? It wasn’t their fault but we were going on a 6 hour flight, the least the Hubs could do was to check! *pengsan*

As luck would have it, Nana saved the day and we managed to get 3 separate kind passengers to move their own seats so this MMPK family could be together. Thank GOD!!! I would have been so pissed had I had to be seated beside a stranger. Even on Business. You know how they all remove their shoes on Business? I don’t want to see nor smell a stranger’s feet, thank you.

The flight was smooth apart from the fact that we only had 2 hours of sleep because they would serve a light meal an hour after departure (we departed at midnight eventually, delayed), and then you would stay on for another hour after food to watch a video and just when you had fallen asleep, they wake you up 2 hours later for breakfast at bloody 4am. 4AM!!! I think most people just said fuck breakfast and went back to bed. But breakfast at 4am was to facilitate a 6am arrival all zombied out. At least we had a straight bed to sleep on……even if for 2 hours.

#FailNumberTwo

Bright and early we arrived at Osaka Kansai Airport to catch our connecting flight to Chitose, Sapporo and oh My LORD. Guess what the next fuck up was? We discovered that we actually do not depart from Kansai airport but ANOTHER airport in Osaka called ITAMI. Like really? REALLY? Are you SURE!!!!????? Yes, M’am. How far away is this OTHER airport and can we make it on time? 64km and 1.5 hours drive. We were not going to make it unless we took a helicopter there so the flight guys started calling up ALL of Kansai Airport to check if we could board another flight to Chitose instead to catch our connecting transport from Chitose to Niseko. Fuck me running, do you know what stressful is? THIS is stressful. Waiting for the flight guys to come back to us was stressful. So they finally did and said good! We have a connecting flight for you in half an hour BUT you need to pay an extra RM1,000. Would that be OK? OK, whatever. Let’s go. And we ran…….to catch that flight to Chitose before the next flight as that would have been too late.

On the plane, I took the opportunity to teach T1 exactly why money was important. It wasn’t the be all and end all and it wasn’t the most important thing in the world BUT it gave you amazing freedom such as this instance. Someone with not enough money would have to think twice about paying an extra RM1,000 for a fuck up, for example. Or even if it was RM10,000, if you had a lot of money, you could pay it easily without having to count your pennies. And she got it. Money does buy a certain amount of freedom. It is a choice after all. If you prefer working and queueing, then it’s OK not to have money.

#FailNumberThree

Yes! There is more! T1 had her period all of a sudden and whilst the Hubs was busy arranging for the coach tickets to Niseko, I walked about a kilometre with T1 to the convenience store to get her some pads and after scratching our heads deciding which pads as she is very particular about not wearing pampers and everything was in Japanese, we queued up to pay and then I realised, shit. I have no Yen. The Hubs had changed all the 300,000 Yen but failed to pass me any! Oh my Lord. They weren’t going to accept the credit card for less than 10 bucks surely so I made T1 run back to the Hubs to get some cash. By the time T1 finished her washroom business and we got back to the Hubs, T2 said she was hungry because she had not woken up for the 4am aeroplane breakfast. Being such a bad Mom who didn’t plan for any of this, we had no snacks on us so off we walked another kilometre to the convenience store to grab her a sandwich before running back again to catch the coach to Niseko. Next round – our own car hire. Oh yeah.

#FailNumberFour

We took for granted that we had done Niseko before and had everything covered but actually, we were so busy this month that we missed a lot of things LOL. Our accommodation for one, we had booked the Penthouse of Youtei Tracks but when we received the confirmation email saying we were upgraded, I thought nothing of it. To be honest, I hardly ever read my emails if they do not come from the office and even then I pass them on to my Manager. So a week before we came, the accommodation people sent us another confirmation email to prepare for our grand arrival which is when we realised that shit, we were not booked in for the penthouse at Youtei Tracks!!! How could this be??? I was stressed beyond belief and spent a couple of hours talking and waiting and talking and arguing and if you knew me, I would and will get my way when I am right. And so I did but not without pain. Please be careful when you make your bookings and read all the fine print because Agoda told me that there are hackers in the business who would send you hoax emails intercepting your bookings to push you to competitive accommodations. That is so freaky. What is this world coming to?

#FailNumberFive

It actually took us 24 hours door to door which is a very tiring journey for a little 7 year old and we learnt never to take a night flight again with her because she is super cranky when tired. We thought Business would take care of a good sleep but the flight was only 6 hours and 16 hours out of all that was walking and waiting and other things. Very tiring. And we did not have snacks. All that was offered at the shops were also rubbish and not stuff I would feed a kid so yeah, that was big fail on my part as a Mom. For our next trip to Australia, no matter how short or long the journey, I am going to make sure I have some healthy cucumber sticks and sandwiches for my little one. No snacks on journey is really a big fail.

Well. We arrived all in one piece and that is a huge blessing!!!

Exhausted at night by the time the 24 hour journey came to an end, we ordered our golden pizza in which coat RM250 for 2 pizzas. In KL, 2 large pizzas from Dominoes cost RM50. SO yes, Niseko is expensive.

The next morning, we went to get our skis sorted and rented them from the most expensive place because we got conned. The lady who checked us in told us that Rhythm offers a valet service that would drive you to the slopes and back and so we thought cool. It would help so much to be driven to the slopes daily so we wouldn’t have to cart those heavy skis up and down the hill. After paying RM4,500 for rentals for the 4 of us and a further RM2,500 for ski goggles, we were told actually, they would only drive you from the Rhythm store with your new rental skis straight to the slopes or back to your accommodation. What???? I was so pissed. Then they offered to drive us to the slopes daily if we came to Rhythm daily (which was 200 meters away) but could not drive us back down because they would not know what time we finished etc. Fair enough. We found another solution to leave our ski equipment at the lockers at the foothill of the slopes and took the small minivan to the gondola every day which is what everyone else does. Or walk. There is just no way we would have made it by carrying our skis daily to the slopes!

This year, T2 had a private lesson for just over RM1,000 for 3 hours and it was well worth it. She learnt how to turn and today, we are having a family private lesson so that should be really fun. We are all at different levels but we have the entire afternoon to learn and practice with our instructor.

Up next – #BlessingsAndBeyondNumberOne – check back soon!

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Chinese New Year Ang Pows

I am slightly annoyed this week on the subject of Ang Pows. My parents, wait, let me qualify…….my MOM and my in-laws have been always generous with Ang Pows throughout my entire life. At the very minimum that my Mom ever gave us a long, long time ago when we were still kids was RM100 and this slowly increased over the years. My in-laws however gave us RM1,000 each year. Oh, wait. Let me qualify that again. My MOTHER-in-law gave us RM1,000 every year. And then she would give us another RM1,000 for our birthdays. So you can imagine, just T1 alone has accumulated quite a bit until both her Grandmas passed away and then suddenly no more Ang Pows LOL. Because men just do not know how to deal with these things…….

To me, Ang Pows are just a way of giving blessings and wishing someone well so the amount in the Ang Pows should not matter at all. Having said that, I personally love giving away more because I know it makes people happy. Especially the kids! And all my single friends! And all the service staff who deserve a little reward, the Ang Pow is a pleasant surprise, don’t you think? In the last few years, I have always given the Hubs a budget of about RM5-8k but this particular year, I was too busy despite him asking me several times how much I needed. Before I knew it, CNY was here and he had withdrawn the usual figure for the Ang Pows but because I am now wealthier, I have been giving away more as well. I gave some single friends RM500 (which one said would be her Ang Pow for several years LOL), my housekeeper RM200 (because I already gave her RM4,000 for Christmas!), the regular service providers all got RM200 and whoosh! My Ang Pow money finished. So I asked the Hubs for more because I would be seeing my friends this week but suddenly he said no, stick to the budget. Huh???? What budget??? Apparently, that was the budget allocated for Ang Pows. WTF.

But how can I not give my friends Ang Pows, right????? Malu-nya……and I was having several CNY get-togethers this week too. So instead of fighting with him for more Ang Pow budget, my team of ladies voted that I just used my own money for it. Oh well. I have downgraded the Ang Pows now LOL. He just stole my JOY in giving. Urgh. I always tell him, don’t worry. Just give!!! We will be OK!!! But perhaps he is nervous since he will be resigning from his full time job soon to be my driver and babysitter. Plus we are off on holiday again in 10+ days so men being men…….always very calculative and conservative.

So that is my Ang Pow story. I would love for the day when I could give out RM2,000 Ang Pows to a dozen people who surround me with their love. Soon. Soon.

The funny thing is people think I get it back from my kids but actually they hardly get any because they hardly meet anyone. In any case, what we give is much more than what they get and that’s OK. We are not comparing. I have my reasons to give and I don’t expect my kids to get anything. They have enough. I have so many plans to give but the Hubs always, ALWAYS spoils my plans.

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Tanjong Jara Resort

The last time we went to the Tanjong Jara Resort was about 15 years ago but amazingly, the place is so well maintained that it is still the same quintessentially Malay luxury Haven in 2017. If anything has changed, it has been for the better!

On our Chinese New Year visit back to Kelantan, whilst on the road, at whim we called the resort to checkoff they had the Sea Villa Anjung available for us on our drive back because we were in need of a beach stop. The girls love the beach and have been asking to go back to Singapore Shangri-La ever since. They are obviously deprived because if they can like a Singapore beach then they would just want to live in one of our own amazing beaches on the east coast islands! It was quite funny trying to negotiate a room whilst on the road because the Maxis signal kept dropping so I kept having to call back. The internet rates at that time were really high or I would have just booked it via the internet because as I recall, in 2003 or whenever it was when we went, we stayed at the same Anjung Sea Villa and it cost only RM1,200 or so then. Surely the prices couldn’t have jumped till RM2,200 per night? I managed to negotiate it down to RM1,800 per night and although they said that the Anjung Sea Villa were for Honeymooners and not for kids, I insisted that we wanted exactly that and nothing else. So after a few calls here and there, we finally managed to get our little beach holiday booked. Yay!

On our way there, we kept stopping at little shop lot hotels to prank the kids saying OK, we’re here! And you should have seen the look on their faces. LOL. My kids are TOO spoilt!!! Anyway, when we finally drove through the majestic resort of what is called the Tanjong Jara Resort, they finally screamed. “I told you! I told you they were lying!”, my little T2 squealed. “You’re so mean to us!”

Oh, we just love pranking our kids……

Our Welcome

We stopped at the driveway where there were 3 welcoming Tanjong Jara Resort staff of which one banged the loud gong to announce our arrival to the rest of the resort. They have this tradition where 1 gong is hit upon anyone’s arrival and when you leave, they hit the gong 3 times – once to thank you so much for staying with us, twice to wish you a safe journey home, and the third to welcome you here again……..I am a sucker for little details like this.

Whilst the Hubs went off to park, we checked in and were served ice cold Rosella and a lovely scented cold towel. The kids LOVED the Rosella because they said it tasted like gummy bears. Soon, the Hotel General Manager came out to greet us and we had a long chat about the resort and I related my fond memories of it. We really need to go back more often! We then proceeded to the Anjung Sea Villa of the Tanjong Jara Resort, they actually call it the Anjung Room but it really downgrades the magnificent set up. It’s not a room! It is a stand alone semi-detached bungalow! And it is huge to run around in with individual pockets of space to play hide and seek! It is just WONDERFUL because there is even the outdoor bath and really so much space for the 4 of us to move around in freely and happily.

As soon as we put our suitcase down, the kids were off to the beach leaving me to unpack but not without first having a bite at the seaside Nelayan resort. The Hubs had a cold beer and I had an apple pie with real vanilla sauce. Heh. That afternoon whilst the kids were at the beach, I just RELAXED in the cold of my villa. I don’t do beaches. It’s too freaking HOT. Thank Heavens for a great husband who makes my life as comfortable as comfortable can be.

That evening, we had dinner at the Di Atas Sungai Restaurant and were pleasantly surprised that the Chef that was there 15 years ago was still there! The Hubs said he remembered Chef Ann and I was curious, how does one remember a Chef at a Resort one has visited 15 years ago! He said it was because she was Malay yet had a Christian sounding name. Huh? Chef Ann means Ann could be short for Anita or Ana, right? Chef Ann came personally to our table of which the kids were also tickled that I had my name on it, to take our orders and the lovely thing is that they can customise our dishes to pretty much anything we want. Dinner was glorious. We were famished. I think the beach makes you hungrier. And so we had starters, mains and dessert and could not walk after LOL. On the way back to the Anjung Sea Villa of the Tanjong Jara Resort, we stopped to watch a movie under the STARS for a bit but T2 was too tired by 9pm so we proceeded back to our abode for the night.

Things to Do at the Tanjong Jara Resort

Honestly, my idea of a holiday is to do NOTHING but for those wanting to do stuff, the Tanjong Jara Resort spoils you for choice:-

  1. Malay Cooking Classes Daily
  2. Morning Yoga Daily
  3. Cycling Trips
  4. Walking around the Markets tours
  5. Reading from the many Hammocks scattered around the Resort
  6. Playing Chess (or anything else) by the many Day Beds that fit 4 pax scattered around the Resort
  7. Swim!!! At the beach or at the many pools (although one pool was an Adults ONLY pool for romantic couples)
  8. Watch movies under the STARS – at 9pm daily, they run a movie by the pool and everywhere has bean bags and pool beds etc.
  9. Eat to your hearts content and enjoy your food with a beautiful view
  10. Spend your time at their glorious SPA VILLAGE ( I did!!!)
  11. Nature Walks
  12. Look for oysters in the rocks
  13. Try your hand at kampung Batik painting
  14. Practise your hand at being a pro photographer because you have THE perfect backdrop in SO MANY PLACES!
  15. Soak in the outdoor bath for hours just looking at trees and sky (only if you book the Anjung Sea Villa)
  16. Get to know the staff, mostly local Terengganu folk – WONDERFUL!
  17. Have a morning beach walk picking up sea shells
  18. Go to the gym (YAWN!!!)
  19. Run on the beach for exercise against the cool sea breeze
  20. Watch the beautiful Tanjong Jara Resort sunrise and sunsets
  21. Learning the Malay culture from around the Resort, they have little snippets of history
  22. Make Sandcastles at the beach with your kids
  23. Learn and Enjoy playing in the treacherous Tanjong Jara Resort waves
  24. Play more boardgames around the wonderfully serene resort
  25. Stay indoors in the AC and watch the idiot box!
  26. PS – Dig your nose and flick it into the sand and ponder how many beach goers do the same. Kidding!!!

Cuisine Choice and Prices

We tried 2 out of the 3 restaurants at the Tanjong Jara Resort being Nelayan and Di Atas Sungai, both were good enough for me, no complaints. It is hotel/resort food. You could never compare it to the gerai outside for example, but for what it is, it was of good quality. Each meal came up to about RM300-500 depending on what we ordered which is quite heavy on the wallet considering what we get but I guess they need to make some money also because they lose out on the monsoon season. If you took on a Resident’s Package however, some of the meals are included so that makes it more affordable. We had apple pies, sambal dishes, burgers, noodles, rice mostly with various dishes and Chef Ann  was a delight to accommodate our every request. What they serve as starters for dinner is little cute Chinese Mantaus (paus) to dip with the best chicken rice type of chilli sauce. Awesome!!! And then for desert, they had banana fritters (so-so), chocolate lava cake (good), ice-cream (OK), and they usually have some desert of the day specials. When we were there, Chef Ann prepared this Pandan Creme Brûlée to die for. Initially you would think eweeee……Malaysian creme brûlée? But it was REALLY GOOD. The Hubs had the green bean dessert. T2 had chocolate lava cake and ice cream every night. Seafood was extremely fresh and we got to savour huge fresh scallops every night – SCORE!!! The squid was also so fresh, OMG!!! I LOVE IT!!!! A freshly squeezed juice cost about RM20++ if I remember correctly so you have a guide on prices. Breakfast buffet was RM35++ per kid (which was very reasonable) and included not just the usual continental breakfast fare but had local Terengganu food like Nasi Dagang, Laksa Terengganu, and such. Loved it.

SPA VILLAGE at the Tanjong Jara Resort where I spent 5 hours on Day 2

I had a 2 hour massage first and foremost by a local Borneo girl that was fantastic. And then I went for lunch and returned for another 2 hours massage this time with a cream bath for my hair! And with a different lady called Yunni? The massage was not as good as the first lady but perhaps because the first lady had already removed all the knows within so I didn’t feel so much effect on the second round but the cream bath was lovely and the best part??? The Mandi Bunga!!!! OMG, I LOVED IT!!!!!! It started with me wearing a sarong which was going to get wet with me anyway. They placed me on a concrete stool and then started pouring flower water on me with fresh flowers and lime I think it was and with each pour, she wished me a host of blessings such as this is to bring you Happiness, Health, Prosperity, Joy, Abundance, and I cannot remember what else but it was all good and spiritual and so I really loved it. Because I felt it right in the middle of my soul. I am just so damn lucky. Prices at the Spa start at about RM450 to RM900 for various spa treatments. For what I got, I spent just under RM800.

CONCLUSION

Tanjong Jara Resort is a place I hold close to my heart because the last time we were there, we left with amazing memories and this time now with kids, albeit an impromptu trip, it was still special. We will certainly go back again soon and not more than 10 years time this time as we promised the GM. I forgot to mention, he sent some wine over with canapés on the day we arrived and daily they would send fresh fruit in syrup for our tea snack. Absolutely wonderful. It was perfect. If there was one complaint that I would be forced to make, it would be the creepy crawlies around the resort. The kids spotted a huge Monitor Lizard by the beach and we also saw quite a big chameleon running around on the garden grounds, when I went to the SPA washroom, there was a gecko on the ceiling – YIKES!!!!!

Still, the Tanjong Jara Resort was truly spectacular. Most special…….

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Kota Bharu, missing Ama…..

We are back in Kota Bharu after a year hiatus due to some KB drama over the year and this time we actually drove back because the Hubs feels I have been giving way too much money away frivolously. He refused to pay RM2,000 for our flights back and the next day, I paid a few thousand for a beach holiday. Oops. We seriously don’t need so much money right? I have bought several packages for a few people this January and gave a few thousand away for Christmas and budgeted another few thousand for CNY. It’s only money. And then I lost RM20,000 – freak! Due to human error. What can I say, I’m just not that good with handling money which is why the Hubs has taken it upon himself to resign this year so he can take over the purse strings. I am also looking forward to him being home with his main driver to care for me. I feel the love yo!

The drive to KB was perfect and unsuspected. I was dreading traffic jams, accidents and rain yet it was smooth all the way with zero jam and zero drama! Like, really?!??? Really!!!! In this instance, I cannot help but think Ama and Nana were watching down on us to ensure we had a super pain free drive. Even the kids were happy being 9 hours in the car! Very strange….

We had great music playing, great food that the Hubs had prepared, ice cooler boxes filled with A&W root beer, snacks and we laughed all the way. Perfect. 

Kong2 was super happy to see his grandkids but things just aren’t the same anymore. I miss Ama. The huge house just isn’t the same without her presence as she filled the house with so much soul. All the Chinese New Year goodies are now non-existent. The cooking by the maid sucks because she uses tons of oil despite countless reminders that oil will kill us. The laughter that Ama brings to the family is somewhat missing because we no longer know what to say to Kong2. He is a man.

The kids have enjoyed their daily all day cycling until they have turned black from sunshine. T2 fell twice yesterday and she is just so funny and cute when she’s pissed and blames the whole world for her falls and T1 is super funny as well making her sarky comments like “…..uh-oh, we need to call the ambulance because T2 has fallen off her bike”

We will go for a short beach holiday on our drive back at the bungalow villa at Tanjong Jara which will be really nice because the kids !have been wanting to see this outdoor bathtub that we took pictures in before we got married. Heh. Finally. It will be reminiscense of our premarital days versus invading the villa now with kids! It’s not even meant for kids but I managed to convince them to allow my kids. 

And then in 2 weeks, we are off to ski again. It will be a good break off my phone whilst I let my Captains run my ship! I hope they surprise me big time!!!

That’s January gone already in a blink. Thank you, Universe, for all my blessings. 

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Speed of the Game is the Name of the Fame!

One of the reasons I am successful (Ahem. Yes, I am!) is that I am a fast worker. I don’t wait and I don’t waste any time. My decisions are fast and I take massive action. There is just no point pondering and waiting when life is already so busy and everything happens so fast. If you want results, start fucking moving. My ego is pretty big at this point so I need my family to keep pulling it back down with some cannonball chains hammered with some nails to the concrete ground. The funny thing is, I don’t get why others don’t get so many things and similarly I am grossly misunderstood a whole damn lot. It’s frustrating and it’s hurtful but perhaps it comes with the territory. I am brave enough to be honest and vocal but that exposes me to a lot of criticism and backlash. I still prefer to be honest and open than be quiet and dangerous or talk a whole load of bull. Some people tell so many lies that they remind me of that dentist who died once upon a time, that pathological liar who was related to a super cool celebrity. I just don’t get it why people need to lie! Aren’t they afraid they get caught out? Aren’t they afraid that they will slip up one day and that everyone will see through their lies more often than not? Lies will just catch up on you, yes? And that’s what gets me, these people don’t even know that they are lying sometimes. So scary.

I don’t have time for TV because I am just too busy hustling. I probably do it for ego’s sake again. I don’t really, really need the money and I almost feel like Robin Hood. It has to do with my Dad telling me the stories of Robin Hood as a child and somehow it stuck that we could relate. Yup. Robin and I, we are of the same DNA. Because I look at my bank account and it should have X amount of dollars yet it only has half. Is it worth it? At the expense of my health? No. At the sight of simple joy and gratitude? An astounding YES. I just want to see people happy. I am so happy. It is only right that others are too.

Money is great of course, there is a lot of freedom and happiness that comes with money; but why do I work so hard? Because I love my work. It gives me a buzz. I love being the first and I love being the winner. I don’t know why. It must be my sad Type A personality. I love being able to pay for anything without looking at the price tag nor blinking an eye, I love being able to give freely without having to count my pennies, as long as I am not investing in my own private jet, I would say life is pretty free these days because I can have a massage every single day if I choose and top it up with a salon hair wash at the most expensive stylist. I won’t but I can. That’s the kind of freedom that comes with working hard and working smart.

In all of my jobs in the past, I was always famous. I produced results. Outstanding results. How? I acted with super speed and I offered over and above. I made a difference. Hard work of course but that is what it takes to be noticed. And if you love doing your job, it really isn’t so bad at all. I have always, ALWAYS loved my work. Crazy nut case that I am. Maybe I just have the drive of an entrepreneur. I have always made tons of money for all my previous bosses. Always think, what can you do to impress that other person? There are 10 other companies vying for the same fucking job. Why would the client choose YOU. Cheap? No way. I have never gone cheap and never will because my price is too high. Even whilst I sold design, we would never stoop low to go cheap and win on price. We win on innovation, value and high quality. Of course you have clients who just don’t see the longer term value for them because they themselves want to make a quick buck hence they hire the cheapest vendors. It is worth it to let those go. Trust me.

When I was working for the 5 STAR serviced offices provider, Regus, where I learned a lot of my skills today, nobody could afford our offices. They had designer everything, who the heck would pay? Well, I made them pay. I added so much value until they agreed to pay. When expat clients would come to view the offices, I would offer them all sorts of services that I had already anticipated any new foreign company in Malaysia would need. Just think, what would a new family from England need in Malaysia? How could I make his family’s life easier? How can I increase his sales for him? What would make HIM happy? It is all about information and knowledge, isn’t it? When you arm yourselves with loads of knowledge, you are able to help SO many people at the snap of your fingers and sooner or later, in most cases sooner, people will just know that you are a star and that you are someone of VALUE. They need you because you can help them with speed. Effortless speed. People love value and convenience. Yes, I put in extra hours to help all these clients but was it worth it? Of course! Or they wouldn’t have told their clients about us and their friends and so on. Business grows when you have a great reputation. Speed to the game. If you are delivering something to someone such as a proposal, make yours the fastest to reach there. If you are meeting with someone, be the earliest to arrive. Think of things to say to people to make them remember you for life. Make people comfortable, make them smile, win them over with laughter. If you can master these skills, you have a pretty good footing for doing great business. Try it!

Always remember, speed to the game is the name to fame. If stuck, email me at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com.

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Setting An Intention

Many years ago, I believed that I had lived. My best mate and I in a prostitute’s den amidst frozen cold Poland, discussed life as it were. Whilst the rest of the gang were partying from our architectural field trip, I chose to accompany her alone in her room because she was sick. Sam suffered from lupus and could not eat or drink freely, nor have late nights with any stress. Upon the onset of stress, she would flare up and her cheeks and hands would break out in a painful rash and her entire body would go into spasmodic aches. My heart used to break every time she had a flare up that she could barely control because let’s face it, stress is one of the most difficult things to control. 

Fast forward 25 years after caring for many adults, not much has changed. I still feel I have lived. I have seen so much and dissected so many ideas and philosophies that truly nothing surprised me. There was not much that the brain could not handle and in order to complete my life, all I had to do was to see my girls through their life education and travel a bit more to where I have not. I am free to do anything now so this path is meant to be! Until I was hit with a warning to watch my food. Oh dear. Like for real? Can I have a cheat day? No? Are you serious? But……

And this is how my new life has begun. 

By setting an intention. I am approaching the half millennium mark, no longer a spring chicken as my beloved husband ALWAYS reminds me. He is soon to give me his 500% undivided attention and I cannot wait because it has been so long that I have not had him to myself all day every day although he thinks I would boot him out the month after he is home for a month. I love him. Why should I? 

By setting an intention, one can have a purpose and a guiding light. I certainly know mine. Do you? Light a fragrance whilst you pray for the world and inhale the energy to release your intention. All will be well. 

I love you 2017.

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Start Each Day with A Grateful Heart

Start each day with a prayer of gratitude

As the year closes to an end, again I am filled with the utmost gratitude that increases each and every single year. THANK YOU. I do not know what I have done to deserve such blessings in my life over and over and over. Is it my Mother’s lifetime sacrifice that has paid for all this? Is it karma? Am I just damn bloody lucky? Is the law of attraction and abundance working? Do I attract only good energy? What is it??? I don’t know but what I do know is that I need to continue the circle of life to bless others. It is the only way that I know because it is all that my Mother ever did. When she got cheated over and over, she forgave. When she was slandered and ripped, she endured. When she was chucked to the dogs, she fought to survive. You name it, she’s done it. Thank GOD I have had such a good life and never had to come close to what she had gone through. I am eternally grateful. Even now as she looks down at us from above, I know she is still at work. Whenever we are looking for parking, she always, always, ALWAYS finds us prime parking spots, ALWAYS!!! And for whatever my girls wish for, if they are ever in a dilemma or in a fix, their Nana up in Heaven, always sorts it out for them. I am SURE of it. We are just incredibly lucky!!! My girls are always happy and healthy and we have so much fun together that I just do not know any other way to express my gratitude to the Universe for even allowing my late Mom to continue helping us with my dearest friend Fatty as well. I certainly and absolutely feel their love from up above.

It has not been a year without challenges. The business has brought on a series of emotions from pain to elation and there has been the usual back stabbers and bitching but I am so passed that now. I have the women of 2014 to thank for preparing me for this. Everything happens for a reason. People have tried to bring me down and now change their tune to the effect of motivating me to soar. What a joke. But never mind that. For all the ills, I have a hundred thousand more gains because I have helped so many people this year gain better health, healed their problems be it health or financial, and the warmth that comes from this when a parent thanks you with eyes filled with tears of joy because their child has healed just cannot be replaced nor quantified. When a man thanks you wholeheartedly because you have helped his financial woes when his entire life savings have been stripped from unfortunate circumstances, you know that you have an additional ally for life. Not that I will be needing it because I have everything already and although I am not in the best of health, I am so confident that I have sufficient prayers to see me through a very good and long life to come. THANK YOU.

So what has been the greatest big bang to my year??? Apart from earning a sweet income that enables my husband to retire from his full time job you mean??? I recently made an impulse trip to Taiwan because my friend wanted to go so I decided to support her and go too and BANG!!! I came home with an additional USD5,000 cheque for winning the 2nd place in Naturally Plus for SHARING WITH INTEGRITY. It really wasn’t that difficult and the cheque is not a big deal seeing that the company pays me so much more every week anyway; it is the recognition that despite the fact that I was abandoned and pushed away, I rose beyond without the act of performing anything unethical and have grown a steady business with a strong foundation. Yay me. YAY ME!!!

We brought the girls for a whirlwind trip to Hong Kong just before Taiwan and had a blast. 120 hours of solid family quality time. Christmas is planned with family from abroad and I just know it is going to be a super happy occasion together with New Year’s Eve and next year, we start running again for my new projects. Yes, I am expanding several new projects because I can and because I do not want to leave all my eggs in one basket. Am I a solid entrepreneur? You bet. But one with a heart that needs to be pushed by my friends to harden up because entrepreneurs are usually hard and shrewd, but not me. I try but fail miserably so thank goodness for real friends and my business partners who have stuck with me through thick and thin.

My schedule up to March is now full house and I honestly can say that I do feel like Wonder Woman. REALLY. I myself cannot comprehend how much I do every single day and do it with the biggest smile. I have a PA of course who is the greatest blessing who makes my life so much easier. Love her to bits to the end of the moon.

We booked a Japan holiday for February with a penthouse outdoor jacuzzi for the girls to have their own huge balcony of snow. They are such boring farts that they only want to go to the same places over and over again whereas I want to explore the world with new places all the time. But to them, they have fallen in love with some places and just want to revisit over and over and over. What shall I do with this dilemma??? Take my girlfriends to the places that I want to go to that my kids don’t, that’s how! But for Christmas next year, we will spend it in Europe because THAT is the plan so no matter what they moan and whinge about, we are going to do that Italy trip and hop over to Godma Jamie in Holland to visit her little girl Mikaela; then hop over to the UK but of course to visit my friends and that is probably all the time we have enough for because Italy will take up the bulk of the holiday. Club Med Phuket is coming up in April, Kota Bharu in January for Chinese New Year, Japan with Naturally Plus in October and Germany in November. I need to bring the kids somewhere in August too for the Summer Holidays. Well, I don’t NEED to but heck, this is our life now. Travel IS education. Almost half my year is out of Malaysia, can you believe it? I can only see the future of America coming soon onto my travel map seeing that it involves one of my new businesses. And today the girls mentioned about visiting Santa Claus in Finland.

I have learnt so much this year. Just one night in Taiwan, I learnt this amazing back exercise that actually focuses on the brain to remove back pain. I was in pain on travel day because i had walked 100,000 steps in Hong Kong prior and then had to fly to Taiwan the next day after so that day, I was squatting down wherever and whenever at the airport when there were no actual seats or when I was queueing at immigration. It was embarrassing but I could not bear the pain. Then that evening, my Japanese friend came to my hotel room and taught me this exercise and voila!! Next day, I went through the whole Taiwan Dash convention with ZERO pain despite the standing on stage and walking here and there and traveling back that very same night. AMAZING!!! What a priceless piece of knowledge!!!!

I also learnt about karma and yuen fan and my win just sealed the deal that karma is really true.

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Finalising the Holidays

Yay! I finally did it! Signed our lives away to our next few holidays! The kids are super duper excited. Like duh.

Well, we better travel as much as possible whilst I still can! We are doing Hong Kong to visit friends, do the Ocean Park and Disneyland thing because T2 didn’t get to go to Cinderella’s castle in Tokyo Disneyland. It was cold and the queues were way too long even with fast pass so we promised her that we will do it in HK. She is incredibly excited and suddenly now I wish I had booked more days because I just realised we wouldn’t have much time to shop but heck, it’s not that we need to shop, right. We have everything we need. NO SHOPPING!!!

Niseko is booked but guess what? I booked wrongly again!!! I am just not the best holiday booker as I get confused with all the time zones and flight times with connections etc. Thankfully, we were not charged any penalties this time round since we have not only been before but I did call them to change the dates as SOON as I realised I had booked the wrong dates. Duh. Fail Mama.

This time round, the kids do not want to stop over in Tokyo or other parts of Japan so we are only spending the entire week in Niseko when the cold is only minus fucking 6 degrees. Uhuh. Day time is about minus 2. We also got the penthouse this time with an outdoor jacuzzi which I am extremely curious about. It would be akin to an outdoor hot onsen in the snow. Surreal. And since there is a big outdoor balcony with the jacuzzi, I was hoping that it would entertain the kids sufficiently that we do not have to go downstairs outdoors every single day to watch them whilst they play in the snow. *lazy Mom syndrome*

This trip, we intend to ski a lot more (I think) and T2 will try a more advanced slope. Heh. My little daredevil, I just know how much she loves danger and speed whilst I watch in palpitation mode. I must remember to bring TONS of Izumio exactly for this purpose since it slows down my palpitations immediately. I think the Hubs is the most excited of all as he has started making holiday lists LOL. List for what to bring, lists for what to eat, lists of what to buy back.

Apart from my Naturally Plus free holidays next year to Club Med Phuket, Japan and Germany (of which the Hubs should be coming with me as he would have retired by then!), we intend to travel to Italy since I missed the free holiday to Italy recently and from the photos of my team in Italy, I was sold. The truth is I just want to eat Italian food all day and night but please don’t tell my Doctor that. I am now busy planning for Italy…..to gel with Christmas in Amsterdam with Godma Jamie and Baby Mikaela. I am not sure if we could just go to Germany and not come back till after Christmas but it is very possible that the company would not allow such an extension. Otherwise it would be fly to Germany, fly back and then fly to Italy again. Shish. My kids would love that of course. They love aeroplanes. And guess for what? Watching movies and playing games! Like they are so deprived.

OK, I need to exercise and continue my year planning for next year. Plan to stay ahead and get ahead or stay exactly where you are in 2018. *waves*

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Forgiveness

Once upon a time, my late mother was thrown out of her own home and labelled a prostitute because she fell pregnant with me. Not only had she been beaten and called names by her own mother due to shame and lost of face, she was sent into hiding. Nobody must know, screamed an enraged mother. She was also forced to abort at 7 months to which she ran away but the damage that her own Mother, a head nurse (matron of the hospital ward at the time) who was experienced in delivering babies who could actually suggest an abortion knowing full well the risks involved to her own daughter’s life left a broken child. It was literally as though the most beautiful porcelain vase had been smashed with hatred. How dare she bring shame to the family name.

As a Mother and a Daughter, I can only imagine the emotional damage that the ordeal had created.

My mother never forgave her mother and died of cancer.

Her heart was so torn and broken that her own mother would not and could not love her, so she found solace in her Dad, who couldn’t do much as the secondary provider in the family. She eventually ran away and started her own life with her own means and sought attention and love from others since her own family had nothing for her. Even her friends were closer to her than family. Do I blame her? Not at all. What does one do when your own family lets you down over and over and over again?

After she started her own family, she tried to care for her Mother since they were neighbours and paid for a lot. She would even gift a lot of jewellery to her Mother who willed it away to other siblings which made my Mom very upset. My grandmother practised favouritism in the highest degree. It was so obvious yet if you were to ask, everyone denies it. This is where my mother was wrong in my humble opinion. For me, when you give, expect nothing back. I have given a lot away myself and have been hurt even more because not being grateful or even saying thank you is painful, but stabbing you after you have given so much is a double edged sword. It kills. I will not stop giving because of these fuckers though because God is watching. He is. But for my Mom, she felt that jewellery that she had gifted to her mother should eventually come back to her own children, us. This is where I disagree. Perhaps Grandma felt that the poorer members of the family needed the gold and diamonds? Who knows right?

I have boomed several businesses by promoting and sharing about them yet instead of gratitude, these women run with the crowd of spineless cows and stab me instead. How stupid does that make me feel? Totally stupid. I had no agenda and nothing to gain AT ALL but did it out of pure kindness because I could. I have a voice and I have an audience. But that is what happened. It is OK though because like I said earlier, God is fair. I am the millionaire now, not them. Please don’t come looking for me for financial help though because I will not help you. I will only help wherever God leads me and He does. I’ll tell you straight up right now. Think and judge whatever you like if you think I am the selfish bitch. I don’t mind.

Coming back to my Mom, after we were adults and when Mom was diagnosed with cancer, she instructed me to never have anything to do with her family. They had hurt her way too much and gone beyond the line of low and she did not want me to have ANYTHING AT ALL to do with them. I had my own family now and my own life. She told me to stay away from them or they would use me the same way they had used her, or worse bring bad luck to my happiness. I used to coax her into forgiving her own mother because I felt that the bitterness was manifesting her cancer within but Mom said no. If her Mother were to die tomorrow, she would not attend her funeral. Wow. And she made me promise that I would have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the entire family. Yes, yes, yes. She kept repeating it. Can you imagine what a huge demand that was? But I obeyed her till the very day she passed away. She also instructed me not to tell any of her family members how sick she was and not to invite any of them to her own funeral. As a result, many of the family members I was told were pissed at me. So be it.

Since then though, I have been in contact with my Aunt and today, went to visit my grandmother who is 93 years old. I will admit that I thought I felt my Mom writhe in her grave. This very same grandmother has also hurt me many a time with her harsh words and insinuations (filled with lies, unfortunately some are just pathological liars) and due to my Mom’s insistence, I had not seen her for years. She has never even met my second daughter! But as things go, I decided to make an appearance because my Aunt said she didn’t have long to go and I just went for the sake of going against my late mother’s wishes. I don’t think she was happy. She probably wondered why I suddenly decided to visit her. Was it her money? It is the same with my other great-grandmother who also didn’t treat me very nice when I was a kid. When she was dying, I visited her out of obligation. There was no agenda. And this is why I hate visiting the people that I do not have an affinity with. I do not like being fake and I do not like visiting with an agenda. Sometimes I know that if I were to make a visit, that people would just assume that I wanted their money so I don’t do it. I never want anyone’s money because I am very capable of making it myself.

So today was a very big step for me. To visit my biological grandmother that I have not seen for years. I have no regrets. I don’t think I can be as hard as my mother but I can see that if I do not soften more and forgive all those who have wronged me (FUCK! THERE ARE QUITE A FEW!!! Shall we name them?), I will suffer my own fate eventually.

Thus in my heart, all you bitches who have wronged me, and you know exactly who you all are unless you have psyched yourselves into thinking otherwise, I forgive you. I truly forgive you. And to all the women whom I have accidentally hurt unintentionally, well, you should have come to me to thrash it out. If you don’t then how would I ever know? Sometimes you must understand that I cannot read minds but I can swear in God’s name that I would never have intentionally caused you any hurt. It is just not what I do and I have no motive for doing such a thing. In any case, I am sorry.

I can sometimes feel how influential I am to the point that I become a threat to some. I don’t know why but I just feel it and I think it is so ridiculous because it is all in these women’s heads as I am seriously quite a simple, straightforward kind of girl. I am sorry if I do not do things YOUR way but I have my own reasons and am entitled to them. This is exactly why some women dislike me. But come on, we should be adults and agree to disagree, no? I have bitches who are my closest buddies and we can disagree to the max yet there is mutual respect. I would never hit them below the belt and they would never go around spreading lies about me. People should just be honest and fess up. Come direct to me and tell me their problems. Otherwise just leave me alone.

I repeat again, whatever the case, I forgive you. And I am sorry if I have hurt you.

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Spoiling my children……

Spoiling my children is one of my favourite past times. I know it may not be doing them much favours but I think I know what I am doing. Growing up, I was pretty spoilt myself. I guess the word spoil is all relative since one man’s treasure is another man’s poison. For clarity’s sake, my version of spoilt is as follows so that we are all on the same page.

When I grew up, I could have practically anything I wanted – material goods. That included buying the whole store of Archie Comics over the years, Seventeen Mags, all the snacks that I wanted and all the books that I wanted and certainly all the clothes that I wanted whenever we did set foot into a shopping mall. My Mom was generous to a fault. It was just the nature of her. Perhaps because she didn’t have much herself. My childhood was pretty free in that I could watch all the TV that I wanted and go to my friend’s homes whenever I felt like it (as long as I told my parents where I was) and we were well fed. Seriously no complaints apart from Dad always comparing us to his other nephews and nieces who were much better than us. But that’s just a normal traditional parents kind of trait. I forgive them because I know many parents who have done just that. It is annoying and stupid but they didn’t know any better.

My kids now? They seriously get a lot of their way as well. It depends on what exactly because I do make them work to get a lot of things but stuff like where to eat or what to buy, I have been pretty relaxed. They are good kids. If they choose to eat Japanese, we go. If they want to get a book, we buy. There are no limitations because we can afford it and for that we are extremely grateful. Having said that, I have always remembered my late Mom drilling it into my head that although I was able to taste the good life then, that I must know that it could go at anytime and that we should always be grateful for our lives because so many others have nothing. I always said OK in agreement and was very aware that come tomorrow, everything could change and we could be traveling around on a motorbike, for example. Or a bus. I tell my kids the same thing. How many kids get to travel on Business? How many kids get to see snow as and when? How many kids get to have Mommy at home at their disposal? How many kids get to eat whatever they want? My kids have so much freedom of choice. The good thing is that it makes them think. For every decision, there must be thought and choice. They don’t always get their way of course, but they get a lot of what they like. And they are fully aware that I can change my mind at anytime and confiscate ANYTHING that they have. So we’re good.

I have always wondered though if someone with a terminal disease would suddenly spoil their kids more. Spoil in the sense of make them ecstatically happy in every way. Spoil with material goods if they wish but more so spoil with their own time of creating some amazing memories since they know their time is limited. We all take our lives so much for granted that we fail to spend sufficient quality time with each other. I pray parents would see this light sooner than later that our lives in this world is short. Because for what it is worth, I just know that so many parents are busy making money that the kids take a backseat. It is sad. I have never taken my own kids for granted. Yes, they drive me nuts all the time but I also know they are God’s gift and that they are on loan. Never take your kids for granted.

I don’t know if the way I spoil my kids is right or wrong or too much. What I do know is that they are not rude and that they have compassion. They have been taught to think and can probably be self sufficient if they needed to earn some money. They have that in-built Eurasian drive like me. If something needed to be done, we would get it done. Emotionally, well, they are still kids. What I do is spoil them with unconditional love. I am sure I am judged as a Mother but what to do? My kids are happy, my family are happy, and we have not hurt anyone intentionally or within our knowledge, nor cheated a single person in this world, so I guess our karma is pretty damn good. Just let us be. If I want to spoil my kids, please let us be. We have worked really hard to be where we are today and we deserve every bit of happiness that we enjoy. Everyone can have this freedom. It is just a matter of putting things to action so that you can have the rest of your lives free from limitations.

I was explaining to the kids today just why they needed to always keep their minds open to learning. We were deciding what to eat and one of the restaurants had a seriously long queue. What if that was the only restaurant we could afford? What if we were starving? We would then have to join the rest and queue along and wait, tired, irritated, hungry. But because we have enough, we can choose to go to any of the other more expensive restaurants. Freedom like this is a blessing and with such freedom, we must always give back to those who cannot afford. Because God is always fair. And so we must.

They got it.

I am blessed. Thank you.

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Welcome December !!

So much has happened in the last week. My emotions are all over the place and whilst I am going through this reality, I have been busy still putting all the new plans into place for the new business. It is crazy. I am crazy. And God has now shown me that He is serious. But you know what? The signs are just too good to ignore! Everything is flowing so beautifully and falling into place that I am finding great difficulty in just ignoring what is meant to be! But perhaps next year is the year I really need to make a change. It is the year the Hubs and I take a year off to reassess our lives to chill and work towards my health. Speaking of which, does anyone know a nutritionist or chef that I could hire? Since my Aunty here can’t cook, I thought of hiring a chef to do the cooking for us. All I need is someone who has the experience in cooking healthy food. Heck. That could be me but I am too damn lazy. Perhaps if the Hubs stayed home from work, he could be that person. But till then…..

I am also too lazy to order in food daily because that takes effort. Plus it is a logistical nightmare because you have to deal with delivery times and such. My movements are very fluid. During the month of December anyway but that is because the kids are on school holiday.

I had an earful from 2 wonderful old ladies (looks left and right to ensure they aren’t listening) from the kampung of Kota Bharu and Phuket yesterday and that made me feel at home. Despite not keeping in touch with them on a regular basis, they were there when it truly mattered. I didn’t go looking of them. Their antennas are strong. Blessed I am.

I have been diffusing Young Living’s TRANSFORMATION oil daily at my work desk (even though I shouldn’t be working! but to be fair, I am only working as and when I am feeling OK) because next year is TRULY a year of TRANSFORMATION !!!! I am excited!!!

Already this December, I have let go of my teams. Allowed them to mingle and be free to be tempted to other teams. I no longer am responsible for their queries or anything for that matter. I have moved on and am free now. Now’s the chance for everyone to go in to steal every single one of them to add to their pool of earnings. I am working on bigger things.

As it is, our lifestyles here at home have changed too. Baby steps. I spend way less time on my phone these days. In fact, I have removed Facebook from my phone. It doesn’t mean I won’t be posting! Just less regularly on the business front but more on my own interests perhaps? Due to it being the school holidays, I have also transformed for the first time ever into being the friendly tiger Mom. Friendly? Yes. Friendly. How so? Well, I work hard at being the playful friendly tiger Mom so that the kids get work done but they do it wanting to do so because it is all play. It works! And I am so pleased.

I am making them both write ONE ESSAY every single day. T1 has to write a minimum of 800 words and T2 writes 2-3 Exercise Book pages which amounts to about 200 words. T1 should really write more. When I was 10, I was doing way more than a thousand word essays. This exercise has been very successful I must say and I am very happy with it because I learn how weak T2’s spelling is despite her amazing ideas so in her whole essay, we then pick out all the words in which she has spelled wrongly and get her to learn them. The last essay they wrote was titled The Little Pink Puppy and she had 35 wrong spellings!!! The beauty is that today, she has already learnt those 35 words and how to spell them correctly. Otherwise no iPad!! Today, their essay was about My Perfect Christmas……I have not marked it yet but these essays give me an insight to my children’s thoughts and I love it!

On top of making them earn their good life over the school holidays, I am also spending much more time with them now. It is the holidays after all. Soon, the family will be down for Christmas and I will be busy, busy, busy! I haven’t decided if we should have a turkey at home or go out to have it. And I need to plan for NYE too because a bigger group of family will be down for that! Any ideas???

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MLM – Multi-Level Marketing in Malaysia

Before 2014, I will tell you frankly that I looked down on MLM peeps. Why? Because I had several bad experiences with these MLM wankers. One conned me into attending a rally that completely freaked me out (AMWAY) and another forced me to keep signing my credit card (Filipino lady for NUSKIN). Yes, I know nobody can force you right? But she was so stressful that it was easier to just sign it and get rid of her. I was earning RM12,000+ at that time and I signed away about RM8,000. Those days, I was still living at home with very little expenses so it was OK.

Fast forward 20 years later when I already earned RM35,000 a month, did I even care about doing an MLM business? Tell me. Would YOU care? I was comfortable. Why would I want to start running an MLM business?

So my experience in the last 2 years has been that those who were arrogant like me previously, will see the wrath of suffering, and suffered I have.

  1. Fear of being cheated – this is probably the number one reason why people stay away from MLM companies and businesses because the freedom is truly there to cheat one another. But that is exactly why each individual needs to sit down and pay attention to the Business Plan, do their own research on the company and read up, talk to loads of people who are doing the business within the same company AND outside, and then make an informed decision. Why deny yourself a potentially good thing? Alternatively, go through someone you truly trust. This is tricky because trust is a sensitive issue. I trusted my introducer purely because another friend said she could be trusted but now the very same lady has apologised saying she had only just met her. WTF !!! Well, totally my fault because I shouldn’t have depended on someone else’s trust and used my own feelers instead. Too late now. We start again.
  2. Fear of products not working – why would anyone want to spend on something when we do not know if something is useful to us or not? What if you were desperate and had nowhere else to go? The least you can do is to try? Then at least you can say you tried? If you never try it with a good support system, then you will never know. And when it comes to a matter of life and death, trying is worth it. Also, again do your research. Is it 100 people saying the products are great or is it 10,000 people saying the products are great? Talk to tons of people and when you come across someone who has only negative things to say about the product, find out the real reasons. Don’t just depend on ONE SOURCE because most likely people just tell THEIR sides of the story, yes? Speak to several sources and make your own assessment and judge with your own gut feel if what the majority are saying are true. Also, if the products have research articles scientifically backed, read them for goodness sake. It will give you the confidence to try them. And not just research articles but research articles from Credible Sources. How would you know? Ask. Google. Best Medical Journals, for example.
  3. Failure to believe – ALL MLM companies will tell you that you can become a millionaire. Yes, I will admit it sounds bloody far fetched. Until I became one myself through the MLM system. I kid you not. I am not here sharing this to entice you to join me. No. I am about to start a new MLM business and whether you join me or not, I am still going to crank up the numbers because I simply know how. What I am saying though is if you wanted to gain financial freedom from an MLM business (which is a fantastic way to fast track your journey seriously!), do your research with all the available MLM businesses in Malaysia and truly UNDERSTAND what they are all about. Speak to people to explain each other’s systems to you so you really know. The people who work for company A will only tell you what they want to from company A so ask company B how they would compare company A to company B, for example. I am a pro at that. Come talk to me if you really are interested to know why I have chosen one particular MLM over another. Another important point to note is you should always get the person who is introducing the MLM business to you to show you realistically just how you can achieve your financial goals in what amount of time. And then you yourself decide if it is at all worth it. If you want a commitment from them, get it! Get them to draw it up in black and white to show you how you will be achieving your financial goals and get them to commit to it. Make it legal if you wish! The weakness in the MLM system is that many a time, people exaggerate the actual process and then you find it that much more challenging or realise that you have to put in more money in order to make more. Bullshit. I don’t do that. I work hard for my money and because of that, I have been able to help so many people. Not boasting, just fact.
  4. Pyramid Schemes – MLM companies are NOT pyramid schemes. Pyramid and Ponzi schemes are businesses where there is no physical product. What happens is they sell you something which is not tangible, such as hidden gold coins, or land in another country, or forex; you know? Stuff that you pay for but don’t ACTUALLY get and can feel? So all you have is a piece of PAPER. Hey, with a  piece of paper, anyone can fly off with the wind and what do you do then? I used to work at a British Multinational and had clients who did exactly this so I know exactly how they made their money and how they conned everyone into buying. It was extremely CLEVER!!! And they were rich!! In a legitimate MLM structure, you must get something tangible. You pay for goods and you get it so you can use those goods immediately. The bonus lies in actually being able to get cash back or earn an income when you refer more sales or share with more people to allow the company to have more customers. Like a group buy kind of concept. You become the company’s marketing and sales force instead. Why not? Especially if you have an excellent product that sells itself?
  5. Laziness – Errr……if you are too comfortable in your comfort zone, then please continue to laze in your comfort zone. The reason people get up and work is because they want to free themselves from the burdens of life or have a purpose to fulfil. Even if you were super wealthy, your health is not guaranteed and your wealth is not guaranteed either. Everyone needs a spare tyre because yours could go flat ANY time. So why not work towards a BACK UP PLAN, so that should anything untoward ever happen, you have THIS to fall back on. And if all goes hunky dory, well, you have a freaking BONUS!!! But let’s just say you were SO RICH that you never had to work a day in your life and had enough reserves to keep several generations going, your health is still not guaranteed but more than that, why not do something for the community? Why not give back to society? You never know where the work you do can take you. Change the lives of others for the better. Why not.

So if you want a truly objective view of MLM businesses in Malaysia, I am able to give it to you. Despite the fact that I am already in several MLM businesses because I get a buzz now out of it. Some are better than others and most have their good and their bad. You just have to assess them all and decide which is the best fit for you. And believe you me, I became a millionaire with the MLM vehicle and you certainly can too. I did it in 2 years. Even if you took 10 years to get it done, it is still an amazing feat much more worthy than slogging 30 years of your life and still not being able to save a million dollars. Agree?

Be prepared that nothing comes for free and you do have to work and invest in a business in order to make a return but with an MLM vehicle, the initial upfront cost is really nothing as compared to a conventional business where you need several years of hard 24/7 work in order to sniff your first sight of return let alone profit!

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Last 2 months of 2016

‘Tis the season to be jolly, my cousins from Australia are already asking me what the New Year’s Eve plans are. I haven’t even started thinking about Christmas but heck! I’m already on holiday mode!

I have not been well due to too much stress for sure. Why am I stressed? Because people are playing dirty all around me. But like any entrepreneur would do, I have now successfully removed the bad hats from my organisation and they have happily gone to the dark side. Let’s hope they stay there. There is no easy way to get rid of people seriously. No matter what, there will be a back lash, but I would rather grow a good clean organisation with good people rather than one with people who are insincere and only in this for themselves. Pure greed. We do not want such people. There are so many other groups to join for that but you will not be welcomed in mine. I call the shots and an ethical clean organisation is what I want with a strong foundation made from solid people with good calciumated back bones.

So on to Christmas and New Years!!! And exciting new plans for 2017!!!

My team are heading off to Italy next week and I will again miss my free luxury holiday. Why? Because quite simply, there is nobody to care for the kids and the Hubs is busy with a deadline so he can’t take care of them either. Blablablabla. I also had to miss my Japan holiday 2 weeks ago because I got super-stressed and almost got a heart attack. I need to slow down. So we will be off for holiday soon and thereafter my entire family from Australia and my brother from Thailand is visiting over the Xmas and New Year so we will be super busy entertaining the dozen of them having makan-makan fiestas every single day.

Although the year has been super-charged and I have met some truly wonderful people, I am glad it is coming to an end and have started planning for the New Year. Bring it on 2017!!!

I have several projects up my pipeline. I know right. Here I go again being even more ambitious than before but heck, I have the experience now to know what I am doing AND I have hired help so I am good. DON’T WORRY!!!

I am doing new things and doing things that I love doing. The Hubs will retire soon and then he will be kicking my ass to the gym daily. But he will also take over the kids and the driving and the cooking so I don’t have to anymore. I am so grateful for that. What I really need to start doing is filing. My desk is a mess!

The girls had their exam week this week so it will be interesting to see what their results hold next week at Report Card Day. Hehehe. Oh, and I got a new rock! Yes! A glorious new big rock. One that I have been waiting several years for. Because 1 Carat is really to small for my large body already. So until I actually slim down, I need a fat ring to feel some love because boy can I tell you how unloved I feel sometimes. I am like an open over-flowing tap and people just take and take and take non stop. Enough already.

New businesses. New projects. New colour!!!

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A year of transformation

Naturally Plus Journey

Today when I opened up my Naturally Plus online system, I cried. The figures staring at me was too huge. I don’t feel I deserve this kind of figures. What have I done to get all this? All I have done is just tried to heal myself from illness and as a case by default, shared the goodness of Izumio and Super Lutein with the world. Many rejected the products because it is sold via a direct selling network. That is understandable. I have detested such product pushing methods all my life but because I have tried and tested them myself and researched them to death too, I myself was sold. Why not share? It is up to anyone if they wanted to try it or not. I have seen it work on too many people now to not believe it. Placebo effect? Who knows and quite frankly, who cares? If it makes someone else’s life better, why ever not? It works for me. It works for thousands of others that I personally know. Some people will never try it. That is their choice. But for the many who do, I am grateful for all their words of gratitude that keep pouring in to share just how their lives have changed since starting Izumio and Super Lutein. You’re welcome.

Just to qualify, Izumio and Super Lutein are backed by tons of research articles and clinical trials done as you would be able to research from over a dozen independent resources. These are from the American Government, these are from Japanese Medical Faculties, and hmm….it included Swiss pharmaceuticals at some point too. Could they all be making it up? One big global conspiracy? How do we explain the results then? The actual medical results from the hospitals and labs. They all show improvements after consumption of Izumio and Super Lutein. Even healthy people have better blood work.

There are haters and naysayers of course. Those who were ill-advised on what izumio and super lutein is all about. And then they do not see the results so they brush it aside and tell everyone, “It doesn’t work.” I am SO confident that if anyone were to follow my healing protocol, that IT WILL WORK. And I am confident enough about the products to put my money where my mouth is. Really.

Special People

October is the month of a very sweet soul who has been a push for me to keep going because in a world where everyone just keeps taking and taking, she sits silently in the corner but acts, and action does speak louder than words. I miss Fatty. No amount of tears will bring him back but I trust he has our backs in whatever pursuits we follow. Fatty used to tell me that this girl was a smart girl. Of course she is. There aren’t too many around. Sometimes no words are necessary yet you get each other. And for Fatty to say she was smart, it was without a doubt. I have many smart women on my Izumio team. Some are smart and greedy. I always pray that whoever is smart and greedy to please leave the team. There is no place for bad apples. Some have left and I am grateful. I can afford to lose 500 women (an income of RM50,000) but I don’t think there are that many of them, perhaps none anymore. Time will tell. What I am grateful for is that the good people are with me. Sometimes people ask me, why do people bitch about you? What have you done to them? To be quite honest, I don’t even know but logic tells me that when you do something or not do something that is aligned with someone else’s plans, that person may choose to dislike you. Am I correct? Jealousy, greed, I don’t know. Sometimes it is purely from listening to what someone else says! And without clarifying the truth with the other party, it is taken as a given. How dumb can one be?

I welcome any hater to confront me in front of witnesses anytime (even haters from 2 years ago) to thrash it out what exactly their problems were/are. I am sure nobody wants to. Why? I guess some just cannot be arsed and some are just plain loaded with guilt. What a waste of time. Just know that when you hate, you create free radicals within. Don’t hate. Learn to release and love…..

Meanwhile, I just continue with my work and enjoy my life to the max with my family and friends. I am quite simple like that. My Sakai friends sent me a vase of flowers just because. I love them to bits.

Self-Achievements for 2016

This year, I have had the honour of writing for an International publication. I cannot mention it as it is not out yet but it was one step closer towards my dream of being internationally acclaimed. It is in the league of Vogue and all the other publications in the world that are worth mentioning and Anna Wintour was part of the team. Booyah! There is only one more publication that I would like to write for and that day will come. I know it. For me, it is the ultimate.

I was selected as the Mommy Ambassador for Kuala Lumpur to help families around the world plan their trips to Malaysia on Momaboard – THE holiday planner for families with kids. I can promise you that the holidays that I plan for you wherever you are in the world will leave you with the greatest memories of MY COUNTRY, Malaysia. I get incredible pleasure growing my international family that wherever we go in the world, we connect with lovely people and be at home in their homes. That for me has always been the best part of our holidays the world over. To spend quality time with another local family, to have our kids connect from different cultures, play different new games, eat local food, and really dig in deep into the roots of each locale. Bliss.

I have grown a stable business from scratch and have a fantastic, FANTASTIC team of women behind me. I can see how empowering this is for a lot of women and we are just going to rock this world. And from this business, I have started venturing out into other businesses in cross-selling and up-selling in order to meet customer demands. I love my job!!! I am also actively training my new Manager how to take over my business so I can focus on my new projects. Can’t wait till she earns a 5 figure salary and beyond.

Family is Everything

And guess what? Do you know my husband has actually been learning up about stuff? He is taking an interest in what I do because hey, when your wife earns 3 times more what you earn, you better start paying attention. He has also been more involved with the household everything and we are spending a lot more time with the kids now. Last weekend for example we were PACKED with kids activities. OMG. I can’t believe we had the stamina to do one thing after another from 8am Rock Climbing to this and that and everything until we finally got home at 10pm and then the next day it was out Roller Blading in the sun and man, I felt like a kid myself!

Life is great. Life is GREAT.

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Easiest way to travel with kids – Book Momaboard

Easiest Way to Travel with Kids – Book Momaboard

As a family, we have been traveling with kids ever since T1 turned 4 months old (she’s now 12) and the easiest way to travel with kids by far is to plan your trip with Momaboard. Take it from me. As a family, we are seasoned travellers and in the last 12 years, it is always, ALWAYS me, and I am sure you too, the Moms, who are always the ones planning our family holidays from A to Z down to the little details because with kids, it so matters. Am I right? 

We have travelled all continents short of Africa (soon!) and South America (somewhere the Hubs is still nervous about), and the Arctic and Antartica. With my time spent collectively all these years planning all this travel, I could well advise any family with children who are traveling to any of the places we once did. So you can imagine my excitement when I first heard about Momaboard? Instead of googling for hours for flights and connections, hotels when you have no idea how far how near or how appropriate, places to visit that the kids would love, since we are always off the usual track of holiday goers, food options, all these takes up so much time! If I had been more astute 12 years ago, I would have documented every single travel detail and could now write a book on kid’s travel!

What is Momaboard

It is a fabulous service (the easiest way to travel with kids) that takes the time and stress out of all the travel planning that Mommies are tasked with. This means time saved and the most optimal holiday with kids BECAUSE you have local Moms helping you every step of the way. Can you imagine? All you have to do is state exactly what you are looking for in city X and the local Mom who has really the best knowledge of that particular city would help you with everything you need to know. 

Why is this important? 
If I wanted to know the best flight times going into a particular city, especially with kids, who best to ask, a Mom who’s been flying in and out of her own city for years or searching on Google? Flight times are important as the last thing I need are grumpy, cranky kids when I am tired carrying luggage, know what I mean? A local Mom would know what works best as she has been there done that. Places to see? That too. All the commercial tourist spots are easy to find. All the most well known eateries are on google. But what about those secret treasures that kids would absolutely love but CNN and Google don’t know about? THAT is what will make your kids holiday perfect. Because knowing exactly what your kids like and what gels with your own unique family, going on a holiday is always trial and error but not if you know someone experienced from that port of call. You would get a holiday that fits you perfectly like a glove. Why ever not. If you want spontaneity, go for it. But if you want to know that you are not wasting time searching and booking the wrong things, Momaboard is your perfect solution. It costs close to nothing and you get the personalised attention of professional Moms all around the world. Like we are off to Hong Kong soon and we need to know if car seats are necessary, distance between Ocean Park and Disneyland, whether to stay at the Disneyland Hotel or not, how cold the weather is when we go, how many days we really need, what if this, what if that, how this, how that, etc. Heck. I am just going to book Momaboard. Momaboard is the easiest way to travel with kids. 

So why am I telling you this? 
Because I am awesome and kind! And also because I have been assigned as the Momaboard Ambassador for Kuala Lumpur! Woohooooo!!! Anyone in the world who wants to visit Kuala Lumpur, please go to Momaboard to book me for your best children’s holiday EVER in Kuala Lumpur. Why am I the best person to help you with your holiday in Malaysia? Because not only have we as a family experienced many places here but I know tons of Moms who have been everywhere with kids too and have contacts with many travel guides locally. Believe you me, Malaysia has so much to offer IF you know where to go and what to do with children. Even Kuala Lumpur alone could give your family a truly exciting holiday because I will show you exactly what to do and where to go. What are you waiting for? Book that trip to Malaysia already!

Momaboard – the easiest way to travel with kids. If you want to get a discount, mention Mamapumpkin when you book Momaboard and please DO SHARE THIS with everyone you know who has a family with children who could do with some help with all their travel planning. Let’s unite the traveling families in the world. 

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7 October 2016

I have been incredibly sad today for so many reasons. It started a week ago with the usual people issues. Actually when is it not? LOL. A few close friends of mine and I, we are allergic to people in general. So many people. So hard to find good people seriously. And then what about normal people? I kid you not. I remember when T1 was a mere 2 year old, we were at at the Julia Gabriel Playclub and I met the most wonderful Mom. She was normal!!!! I swear 99% of Moms are abnormal. How do I classify abnormal and normal? Quite simply really. THAT mom? Everything about her just clicked. From A to Z she was Heaven sent. She reminded me so much of my dearly departed friend Samantha Barlian at University. Already at 20, we had been through a lot. We came from similar backgrounds where we had seen and experienced a lot more than our peers. The experience we had gained from pure observation of our older family members and their respective friends was enough to prepare us for a long, long way. Too bad Sam fell ill. We would still have been the best of friends now. Coming back to School Mom 101, I was just so at home with her. I didn’t have to pretend, I could talk to her about anything and everything and it was safe. She was just such a beautiful person. Inside and out and I could see where she got her traits from, her own Mother. Bless. And then in the course of my career, I have met with SO many people that I could very quickly identify with the sea of choice, just like I can with massage services, and several other skills that I am adept at. Knowledge and experience is truly power. I am grateful to have had so many mentors. 

OK, the REAL reason I was down in the dumps and this feeling has been coming for awhile now is because today was the anniversary of my beloved Mother, the driving force of my life. Heck, even now when she is 6 feet underground, she is still very much with me orchestrating every bit of my life. LOL. So I visited her grave today and typically, because I have been suffering a backache recently due to my bad habits, I took the liberty to plonk my ass down on a chair whilst the Hubs and my kids cleaned and tidied up the grave. LOL. I could literally HEAR my Mom yelling at me. LOL. Which is when I realised just how much I missed her. I do. I really, really do. All my happiness now is not enough because I am unable to share it with her. And I am also damn pissed that Fatty and Alice are no longer here. So maybe my depression as it is, is actually me grieving. And because I am so busy every day, I don’t notice it as much but fuck, Fatty was scowling at me and giving me his dirty glares! So yes, I miss him. And I miss Alice too. Quite a lot actually. It is the realisation that they are no longer here for me to run to. They were my bouncing boards so to speak and them too, I could say or do anything the fuck I wanted and it would be OK. Everything was safe. Like you know, if you knew of the Finance Minister having sex with red socks at such and such a date, you could tell Alice and Fatty and it would end there forever. They could KEEP a secret. They did not have insecurities where they had to use your friendship for self gain. The thing is, I am that kind of friend which is why I find it so hard to find that same level of friendship quality. It just takes that many years of quality bonding to nurture that kind of friendship. I don’t need to show off that I know so and so or did such and such. I really don’t. I am very happy to carry a Village Grocer plastic bag as much as a brand-less handbag from the night market. I can wear cheap clothes (just like my Mom always did yet she always passed off as the ‘Puan Sri’) and I can hang out with the trash guys from DBKL, I kid you not. In fact, they are probably a whole lot more interesting than many of the people I know.

I could be PMS-ing. Which only makes the grieving THAT much more enhanced. Fuck. It hurts. It hurts that the people I really loved had to go and why I am still here. A childhood friend of mine whom I had sleepovers with as a kid posted recently that she has no idea why she is so lucky and some people are not so. My immediate response to her was hey, but she DID go through hell and back as a child with her parents divorce, and then with a lousy man, and then to be dumped by her father which meant she had to slog and study for years in the UK before she could finally arrive at her current destination, now married to a multi-millionaire who loves her to no end. I could totally relate when I saw that post because it hits me too – WHY. Why am I so lucky? Why do I get so much blessings? What have I done to deserve all this? I really don’t know. I didn’t have a bad childhood at all. I have not been kicked around by men ever and in fact my Mom always said I had all the good luck with men because she had all the bad luck. All her bad luck with men converted into my good luck. Something like that. It is true. Her men were all fucked up. And mine were all great. So what have I done to deserve all this actually? Perhaps it was my own Mother’s suffering……

I am just so damn lucky. Her intense suffering all her life has now converted into my abundance. I feel so undeserving that I feel crippled if I didn’t give back. It has been a battle you know? Money means so little to me that I could give a hundred thousand away or two or three and I wouldn’t care. The hubs would probably hit the roof but well, that is why I do not tell him as much as possible. Or my hands would really be tied. And then I wonder why I am so lucky with friends too. All the good people who respect me and genuinely care for me, what did I do to deserve that? Recently some haters remarked that people were only buddying up to me because of my success with business and so they automatically wanted to rub shoulders. It is like all those social climbers who want to hang out with the rich and famous, isn’t it? I am so over that seriously. I always remember Sam’s words. Nothing wows me. Nothing surprises me. It’s true. And that is why standards are so high. Time will always tell as they have always brought truth out. I am so damn proud of myself that I have sniffed out the fakers from the real although I always, always give in to time; you know just in case I make a mistake. But so far, instincts have been good. Bless. Or maybe it is just Mom guiding me all along. Thank you, Mom. 

I think I am currently facing a mid-life crisis. My husband feels that I am in a zone because I have suddenly come face to face with so much money that I don’t know what to do with myself. I don’t think that is true but to be honest, I do feel the guilt of not having to work and then have this money keep pouring in. Which is truly why I have to move it and give it away. My life is so perfect that I am so afraid that if I were to actually accept this money into it, I could seriously alter the status quo and real problems will surface. It must be all this money is the root of all evil brainwashing that I have observed. I mean just look at all the ‘rich’ families. Mine included although we are really not that rich. My kids have to make a day trip out of town just because of money. I have fought with the Hubs about money. We have enough!!! But still he does not think so. Sigh.

So many problems in the world are making me sad too. Starving children. Children who get beaten for no reason. Children who are abused and sent out to work. I just keep thinking of my own two girls. They are so blessed. Imagine if they were ever taken from me? I would just die. And that is why the hubs and I, we watch them like a hawk.

Recently I had a successful friend pour her heart out because of some bitching. She runs several businesses and has been very successful since she got out of college so lots of invaluable experience there! I was shocked when she mentioned that she wanted to throw in the towel. Like are you kidding me!!! After all that she had worked for over the last 20 years? NO fucking way!!! I wouldn’t let her!!! Unfortunately, when you are successful, the world takes over and you are in the spotlight for rotten eggs. I explained to her that even Mother Theresa had haters yo. It comes with the territory. If you are successful, you WILL have haters. Not everyone can be like you and some people just cannot accept it so they have to make up lies to bring you down just to make themselves feel better. But seriously, the people who believe those lies are just as worthless, right? So why bother indeed? Put two idiot parties in the room and you get bigger idiots. Why get torn up about it??? Yes, despite helping all these people, they will still bring you down. I told her, hey! I am the fucking professional in giving my life away and then getting stabbed by the very people I gave my life to. It has happened several times already that I am really the best person she had confided in because I have so much experience with haters. It is almost like being a celebrity. Have you heard of Daphne Iking? She is one of the local big celebrities that has withstood the pressures of celebrity-dom and has been through hell and back twice over. I don’t know how she does it. It is like a pressure cooker out there yet she has composed herself and been as real as she can be. Bless her. I am not even a celebrity but I feel the pressure sometimes because there are so many blood suckers out there to suck the living daylights out of me. Fact. I accept that it comes with the territory. I could be boring and stay in a cave. I could be quiet then nobody would have much to say back. I could be a nobody. But is that what I was put here to do?

NO.

I have been given strength and light. I have a purpose. The ones who cannot stand my success can continue to lie and bitch about me. Can you imagine how insulted I was when people thought I got to where I am not from the actual true route that I had taken? Fish. Unreal. These people who make up such lies are just living on another planet. I think they play it in their minds so much until they themselves believe it to be true! And to them it is a competition? Fuck me, I am not even competing with them. It really pisses me off. I don’t care what they do and how successful they are, why should they care about me. Just leave me the fuck alone, please. Please. Please. 

Oh, an one more thing. You know how some people are so rich and famous and have so much power to control the world? That is so fucking unfair. I know of a mom who is fighting to keep her home yet because of these fucking bullies, she stands to lose her home that she grew up in. Such bastards some of these men are. And the people who associate with them? All fucking crooks. Do or die I am going to meet all the rich people if I have to to get this Mom out of the pits. As God is my witness, I will make sure this woman gets to keep her home. If I had 5 million cash, I would do it but the Hubs went berserk when I suggested it to him. He said not to mess with the Government and all these crooks and started naming the million and one things that could go wrong in this transaction. I think he spent one too many hours with Tok-Tok to know what really goes on in there. Sigh. I hate all these crooks. I fight for justice. 

Oh, what am I rambling on about. I have everything in the world yet I am sad. I am grieving. I am. I am so sad. So, so sad. Every time I listen to a song in the car, I start crying. It will remind me of Fatty. Or mom. Or Alice. All this month. October is a fucked up month.

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Another win for T1

Just a quick post to put on record my first baby’s win again for the Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition. This time round, she entered it without me knowing at all and when I found out, I was quite annoyed because like why wouldn’t you tell your Mom that you had entered a competition? I am your Mom. I am supposed to know EVERYTHING.

For reference, 4 years ago when she was HALF the height she is now, I had approached her and suggested she entered this international essay competition. At the time, she was still underaged if I am not mistaken, but what the heck?! Just try anyway!!! So she made the effort to write an essay and we submitted it and voila!!!

Click here to see the tiniest winner of the Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition in 2013.

The following year, she participated again and won again and then I stopped caring about it because she was clearly not interested. English writing is just not her forte so I left it and let her be only to be surprised because she entered it herself. That is 3 wins in 3 years running. Thank you judges of the Royal Commonwealth for recognising the simple work of my little girl, well now not so little anymore, but always my baby all the same. She writes from her heart, not in perfect English, but it obviously meant something that she was selected to win. We are blessed.

And suddenly, my I don’t like English girl challenged me to a game of Scrabble and we took forever to finish the game. It reminded me of the many games I played with Nana, Scrabble was her favourite, and I won but not by much and I actually learnt a  few new words! It is great to know that the school is teaching my kids a lot. Hahahaha. T1 had a score of almost 200 which I thought was pretty amazing. I believe it was her first time playing a proper full game of Scrabble and I hit a higher score of course because I knew how to be more strategic with my points. Who’s up to challenge me with a game of Scrabble then? How about Chess? T1 won me at Chess recently this week. Bah. Careless move by Mommy.

Today, the girls as usual moaned and groaned about having to attend Tae Kwon Do early this morning. At one point during lunch, T1 said, “Mom, tomorrow is Monday. We are going to visit Nana and then going roller-blading, right? Shall we go for a movie later?” Her intent was to confuse me with the days so that I would mix their schedules up BUT, very calmly I responded, “You did get your brains from somewhere, sweetheart.” And she got it immediately and started cursing with T2 why it was so difficult to dupe their Mommy. Man, I don’t remember ever being so conniving in duping my own Mommy!!! The most I did was sneak out of the house and started driving out illegally after midnight and sneaking the cars back in before 6am.

Anyway, well done T1. I am truly proud of you for entering this Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition with your own initiative and winning.

Just look how far she has come??? From that little baby face to a young lady……still writing and still winning. Love her so much.

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Whatever makes you happy……

Without a doubt, I have been a hard core Madonna fan since I was 14. Yes, at RSGC it was Madonna all the way for me when my BFF was into Michael Jackson and Prince, and OK, I loved Boy George too. You know that Karma Chameleon guy? So when I saw this on Madonna’s post, I was like YEAH!!! It is OK to have haters. It only means you have the ability to hit some nerves. Especially those that deserve it. SO what is the latest news on the hater list?

Hmmm. Let’s see.

Shit. There is so much that I do not even know where to start. LOL.

OK, let’s just talk about me instead. It is what I do best since I have very little talents as such. People who have time to hate obviously have a lot of time. I don’t do hate.

What has happened since the last time I bought my own first Business Class ticket? This is no big deal by the way. Anyone can do it. Oh, yes. I took the family to Singapore for the long weekend to open some bank accounts and to meet up with some friends, chilled and had a great time holidaying. Came back needing another holiday because man, the beach was hot!! The Shangri-La Sentosa is really one of the best places to holiday with kids. We will definitely go back just to stay 5 days there without even leaving the resort as there is enough to entertain the kids there! Food was excellent and even my 5 STAR posh husband commented that the food was good and that we have not had such a good hotel buffet spread in a long time. I usually hate buffets. Like it is food left out in the open that’s been prepared last century and touched by so many different hands. Ewe. Yet, the Shang in Singapore did win me over this time. And they did go over and beyond to make our stay truly memorable. Well done, indeed. I am not an easy person when it comes to design and service standards. I have traveled the world and have a good feel for what you should be getting for what price. The hotel is dated and is in need of a facelift so I suspect that would happen soon in phases. We are still in search of more WOW experiences. Many Asians still do not have a good understanding of what it is to WOW a customer. Which makes it easy for  the rest of us to succeed. Good and bad. Even on First Class on MAS, the facilities are excellent but the service? It has to match, yo.

I have finally found my new Manager to support my business. She is my old General Manager from the British company I used to work for and I am driving her to earn a 5 figure salary so I can retire from the tasks that I myself do not wish to perform. There is a lesson in this search for a Manager/PA/Kuli/whatever you want to call her, I don’t care because when I started the search earlier this year, I was upfront with everyone I interviewed about the tasks at hand and what I was willing to pay. You can really see a person’s potential from their actions thereafter if their attitude will serve what you are in search for or not. And strangely, we have come full circle. This very same GM that I myself interviewed and hired when I was still in the British company and agreed to her then 5 figure salary has come full circle to work for me again now. And because she has great attitude, she will go far. Everyone who works for me goes far. If they didn’t have the right attitude nor the right ethics, they would be out of my organisation. People tend to feel uncomfortable when they are the only ones going against the grain, you know what I mean? Sometimes people bet on the right horses to get ahead and that is their right. The ladies who put their money on me to get them ahead have gone ahead but for others to say it is just their own career advancement that they are after to be with me and not me per se as they couldn’t care two hoots about me, my goodness, is that even important? Why do people have so much to say? Why don’t they just DO instead LOL.

So for everyone who is just USING me to get ahead, come-come-come, you are most welcome to use me. I am here to make your lives better. That is what I do. I retire women. I honestly do not do this to gain attention or want you to like me. I do not control what people say about me nor can I control how they feel about me. I just do what I do because I love what I do!! Whether anyone chooses to love me or hate me is up to them. It is separate entities what people feel about me and what I do for others. In fact, I have given and given still to be hated. And that is perfectly fine with me. This is the real world. I have learnt to suck it up and am quite the pro at it actually.

Coming back to great attitudes. After working with some amazing women in the last 2 years almost, I am truly touched that there are still good people in the world. They could jump ship and move to where the faster and bigger money is but these women, they have strong values. And I must say I am truly proud of them because they are the example to their children. When you live greed, you breed greed. When you live lies, you breed lies. When you live bitchiness to make your own selves feel better, you also breed little bitches. I am guiding my children to stay far, far away from such values. Nothing in this world is so big and so important that you have to hurt another person in order to get it. Nothing.

I lost 2 amazing friends to illness this month. These are loyal friends who will only turbo charge my blessings to greater heights. I am already very blessed and am finding more ways to spread the blessings. The things people say about me are so ludicrous that we could write a joke book out of it. Come on, ladies. Don’t be so serious. Let’s work hard towards our best health and spread kindness everywhere. Don’t let all these petty gossip and bad mouthing of people here and there get to you. Don’t let other bitches drag you down and pepper your lives with hatred and negativity. If you do not give them the permission to do so, you will be fine! Welcome abundance into your lives and hang out only with positive people that lift you and give you great energy. They are everywhere if you open your eyes and look. See the kindness and care in so many people around you. I have seen it myself so you can too. If we can just make that small move to start with our internal selves to plant positive seeds and positive thoughts, your souls will be enriched and grow positively and when that happens, your aura and your entire being will ONLY ATTRACT ABUNDANCE. This is a tried and tested recipe for success.

My mission is to spread sunshine. Join me or be my shadow.

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Business Class on Malindo

This week for the first time ever, I actually paid for my own Business Class ticket. I have been on Business and First Class before but never had I paid for it. Now that I have, I am not looking back. I know it sounds like I am now becoming a flight snob but before you judge……

Why did I love being on Business Class at Malindo?

  1. Because firstly, they have a leg rest that is PERFECT for my short legs. Just PERFECT. This makes it super comfortable for my entire journey instead of having my legs hanging down from the usual airline seat not being able to touch the ground. AWFUL. Back ache killer even on a one hour flight, yo. So yes, from here on, I will only fly Business. Because removing myself fresh from a plane is oh, so worth it.
  2. Secondly, there is just so much more space. Again, this means extra comfort. I could rest both my arms on the arms rests and still not touch my adjacent neighbour. I could even sit my Balenciaga on the arm rest. And a million more things. Lots of space to manoeuvre all my junk around. Awesome.
  3. A comfy chair means a comfy snooze. Oh yeah. And snooze I did. I usually never, ever sleep on planes. Ever. Because not only is cattle class tiny and uncomfortable but I usually spend my time watching movies. On Business however, I fell asleep even though I had a movie on and my laptop open.
  4. Speaking of laptop, there was WIFI on board. I just LOVE planes with WIFI on board. Nuff said.
  5. There is free flow of drink and snacks and food was abundant. Not that this made a difference to me as I could only eat and drink so much, but it was nice to know that I could always ask for something. Anytime.
  6. There were blankets and pillows for my extra comfort, and a welcome and goodbye drink as a standard.
  7. There are much less people to fight with at Business. This means less noise, more luggage space, heavier luggage allowance, and more personal attention overall.
  8. I was invited into the airport lounges before departure and get a free meal. Not that this made sense either because how much can one eat really.
  9. I got to check-in without queueing for miles…….I loved this because I was late on both counts yet not having to queue at all was simply awesome. And there were at least a hundred people in the queues.
  10. Being first in and first out of the plane rocks. Time is of essence and my time is incredibly expensive so it only makes sense to save as much of it as possible.

There you go. It makes perfect sense for me to fly Business. And because my kids know this, they are now filled with envy so guess what? Our next trip? I will just spoil them on Business. Because I can. It is what my Mom would have done, kid spoiler she is.

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The wind beneath my wings

I have led a good life. I have truly led a good life. It has not always been easy but I have no complaints. In all of my struggles, I have always had Angels holding my hand and she was one of them. It is not everyday that I am blessed with Angels but to have just these few, I am already very grateful.

When I was 21, I lost my first Angel. When I was 37, I lost my 2nd Angel. And now at 44, I’ve lost my 3rd Angel. I know I will be losing another very soon too. That sucks. I am a strong woman. My Mom saw to it that I was strong and by being strong, I am actually exposed to being attacked. Even when I have done no wrong, there will be people who work towards my downfall. One way of looking at it would be that I have done no wrong in my perspective but I suppose not theirs. When people do not get their way, they become unhappy and use their energy to bring you down. So be it. I cannot control what others do. But what I did revel in was that these Angels were always there for me to pour out to. These were the Angels where there was complete trust. The connection from heart to heart is synchronised.

When I was stressed, she lifted me. She warned me of people and I took heed. She was in pain and I tried my very best to help. I never had an agenda. I prayed for her healing and I prayed for her family. Yet God had other plans. It is not fun to be sick. I know. I saw my own mother sick for 14 years. I myself have been sick. Nobody knows except family. And if I had not been saved, I would be in the same boat of being sick. It is really no fun to be sick. You feel helpless. You do not want to burden anyone yet you are not able. It almost makes you want to die. Be strong? Be strong for what? How long can others give up their lives to care for you? Be strong for your kids. Even then…..

At her low, she came to me. I was always there for her too. And now she is gone for awhile. I have spent hours and hours going through years of our messages to each other and our private photos of each other together and it hurts. I am glad at least that I have that. Words, memories, photos, and the legacy that lives on. These special friendships are private and best kept that way as despite what a seemingly gregarious person I am, despite how I publicly share about my day to day, nobody really knows what is going on. I save that only for those closest to my soul and I love it that way. It is personal. And prized.

I am so sad that she has left this world to join my other loved ones but at least my heart has only good feelings of her, of our bond and of our promises to each other. Many people want to be your friend but who is really a friend? She was a true friend. And I can say that with beaming confidence and shout it out loud without a doubt. Because she was without agenda, always was, always has been. The tough girl who fought her way out of South Africa with her only child and ran away. The tough girl who would punch you if you crossed her path. The tough girl who spent a lot of time thinking and caring for others and not given a damn for the haters. Can you imagine? Even a beautiful girl like her had haters. Her strength lives on in me. Her love together with his, will continue to pull me back in my bad habit of giving to others first. I need to stop it. And I will. For my kids, for me. For my love for these Angels who loved me.

Thank you for allowing me to enter your life so intimately. Thank you for the trust. It has embraced me with so much love and I will continue to heed your wishes. I do hate the fact that each time an Angel leaves me, life gets so good for me. It isn’t fair. It is almost like God taking someone away from me to give me more blessings. I would much rather it the other way around but I guess this is the cycle of life. God has His plan. Our lives are all charted in His plan only we do not know it. We do not know what tomorrow brings and because of that, we should always be grateful and embrace all the blessings that we already have. This week, another of my big dreams came true. Like fuck me running, are you serious? Is this for real? Why do I have to lose a great person for this?!

We will never know.

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Retirement before 50

I retired when I became a Stay-At-Home-Mom even before T1 was born. That was back in 1997. I was how old? My late 20s I reckon? But the only reason I could retire then was because I had the Hubs to fend for us. After 10 years of staying at home and giving my all to T1, my bum was itching to get back into the work force. But instead, I got an offer I could not refuse. So I got up to start working again. 3 years later I was forced to retire again because I was too sick to work! Yet look at me now. I can now well and truly say that I not only have my health back but can retire independently, but better than that, so can the Hubs! My passive income is now more than double his income so yeah, we can definitely retire.

The thing is, the kids do not want him to retire!!! He has not hit the big 50 yet and they feel that if he retires and stayed home, that he would grow into an old, grumpy uncle and read the newspapers all day just like Kong-Kong! LOL! They feel that by staying home, he will be a waste of space and get on their nerves most likely by nagging them to do their homework and such. Me on the other hand, want him to retire from work so he can start his ‘other’ work and take over the family duties so I can do my best work! I LOVE my work but I cannot work right now because I am still being the chauffeur mom and all it’s extended duties. So frustrating.

What shall we do then? Go for holiday!!!

And buy a house. We are viewing a house tomorrow and then it would be a decision of house near school or city living. This will be good for me because it gives me something to focus on and not keep giving my time away all the time. I welcome a change of scenery! I can work on the house renovations for the next year. Finally, I can design my dream home……

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Money is not the root of all evil

This week has been a super busy week for me because I crazily committed to some work assignments despite being super busy already. As it stands, I have still not found my PA possibly because nobody dares or wants to work with me. I wish to retire right here right now and sometimes I really do want to do it but how can I leave my fantastic team hanging? Not to mention the hundreds of people we have been helping each and every week? But I cannot help everyone. People ask me for donations all the time and expect me to pay for everything because they know I have cash. But still I cannot pay for everything. I help whoever I can help and those who are being helped already know who they are. So please, stop asking.

I have been thinking about myself of late since I have been having my period and feeling melancholy. I have come across some evil and many fakes and am grateful because it teaches me that I must never be like them no matter how bad my circumstance. Even if I didn’t win or was not Miss Popular, I would just never stoop down low to cheat others or lie to them about anything. I have everything that I need already. I do not understand why people do it. And what I do not understand even more is when you have someone earning RM300,000 a month yet gives the same amount as me who earns a fraction of that to the staff for Chinese New Year. Is it me who is the crazy one? Likewise, I have given away way much more of my salary to the needy than what I know these rich people have. I guess it is just ingrained in me, my Mother’s generosity. Don’t ever think I am a fool though that you can swindle. One of the wealthy magnates for example is very, very rich and is a family friend. The brother was my uncle’s best man yet they are extremely tight with cash. Me, a tiny small fry, can give special people 5 thousand dollar Ang Pows yet them, being several million times richer, give back the same? I just don’t get it. It is definitely me. I am the screwed up one who needs to learn that I should be KEEPING all this cash for my own family and future instead of giving it away. It is probably because I can survive on very little and am very blessed and happy already. So if I can make others happy, why not? The dilemma within…..

When I give, people will say I want to claim tax back for charity – LOL. You see how evil people are? Will they give me the same amount I have given away if I show them my tax returns? Because I can prove it!!! I claim ZERO tax for any charity that I have EVER done – LOL. I wish I knew how!!!

If you do good, they bitch. If you don’t do good, they also bitch. Basically, those who are bitchy, will bitch. So why waste any time even bothering about them. The fact that I am bravely vocal opens the doors for a lot of bitching and criticism. Keyboard warriors will never dare have a showdown face to face with me. They only know how to bitch behind the scenes (and my back) and although I know everything that transpires, honestly, do I need to do anything? No. Because people will continue to bitch. Let them. I am sharing so that if any of you gets victimised to learn from this. The level of maturity and goodness of a person’s heart is telling from their actions. We cannot control the world so let us take care of our own actions and spread this kindness. It doesn’t matter if you are kind to A and she is not kind back. We just do OUR part in this world as our judgement day comes from God. Not from the people around us. Always look within and ask yourselves, are you being honest to the core? Your core. Thankfully, my mother has always taught me to be honest to self. If I am not great, do not pretend to be. If I cannot afford it, do not attempt to keep up with the Joneses. She taught me to value self. If the Joneses cannot bring themselves down to my poor self, then they can go fuck themselves. We are not defined by the level of our income but from the sincerity of our hearts and I am truly blessed to know these team of Angels who have my back always. Always. Thank you.

Another thing I have thought about is when my husband keeps asking me, all these people you are helping, if you were in trouble, will they be helping you back if they could? Unfortunately, I do not see the world that way. It is not tit for tat for me. I give because it is from my heart. I feel happy giving. But only to those whom I want to give to. Not from people who ask. And I have no expectations back. I feel that through giving, if I ever were in trouble one day, someone out there will be there to pull me out. It may not be the people that I have given to (in fact, some whom I have given to may even stab my back LOL!) but someone out there will. For sure. Because that is the law of the Universe. What goes around comes around. It has never failed me.

Several years ago when I had just started my Children of Myanmar project, I was floored when a friend donated RM10,000 to our cause to build better facilities for the children. But now I realise that RM10,000 is nothing to someone who earns RM100,000 a month. It is really not a big deal. I used to think, my rich friend the tycoon’s daughter, why does she give out so little? The same as me? Shouldn’t richer people give more? But I learnt that she has a lot of people to give to. Now I am in the same predicament although I am nowhere near being a rich chick but it is certainly a new realm that I am exposed to having extra disposable income and not quite sure what to do with it or rather doing the wrong things with it!!!

I need to change my mindset. It is when you have extra that all the worms crawl out of the wood work.

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WEIL Hotel

After a quick fun trip to Bangkok with my girls last weekend, this weekend we made an impromptu trip to Ipoh. How come? Because the crazy Hubs said he missed eating Ipoh Taugeh, so within 5 minutes, we were hunting down Ipoh hotels and you know what my spoilt girls are like……

Booked, paid and off we went. We stayed at the WEIL Hotel which I do recommend as we had a pleasant stay. Great location as it is connected to a shopping mall and all conveniences were below. It was clean, the rooms were big, and there was plenty of space to roll around. Everything worked. Staff were polite. All good.

In Ipoh, we ate and we ate and we ate. Yup. That was ALL we did in Ipoh. I am so full. Fuckkkkkkkkkkk!!!!! We loved it but the girls hated it. They loved the hotel room only but did not like eating at hawker centres as T1 actually found a huge ass dead fly in her barley drink. OMG, that was scary!!! After that, she refused to order drinks and scrutinised every single bite of char quay teow before allowing it to touch her mouth. Too funny. We also bought cookies and all sorts of rubbish and met up with a lovely accountant. Didn’t have time to meet up with anyone else as even with this accountant, she came to the hotel with her in-laws and kids in tow. She is so going to rock Ipoh.

22nd August 2016 – today is an exceptionally special day. I have been having a stroke of bad luck of late with my water supply at home and it has been putting me in a foul, foul mood. My late Mom always said that if you had a water problem at home to get it fixed as soon as you can as it signified money pouring out. Yeah, tell me about that!!! So we attempted to call in the contractors to get it fixed and after several days, it is still not fixed.

This morning, we went to view 8 apartments in the city, out of which only 6 was within budget so screw the other 2 as much as the girls wanted THOSE two. Bloody hell. They can bloody well earn the money for it!!! The unit spanned over 4,000 square feet and cost RM 7 million yo!!!! One could cycle within it!!! All we could afford were the 3+1 bedroom units and what really pissed me off was the fact that the low floor units (Level 8-13) were similarly priced to smaller unites at Level 35. WTF. Why is KL so expensive??????? We took lots of pictures and started doing some calculations on how much money we would have to sell our bodies for to pay for a city apartment as it is really such a big decision to start paying for a huge piece of property all over again. The drawback would be that we would have to drive further to school to and fro but the advantage would be that everything is downstairs. Like EVERYTHING. Even if we wanted to watch a freaking movie, we’d just have to walk and be down in 5 minutes. So dang convenient.

And because I didn’t finish this blog 2 days ago, I have already forgotten why it was such a fabulous day. OK, my new little niece was born!!! She is the cutest Thai bub called Emma and looks like a fierce bunny!

Right, I am really too busy to finish what I had started to share so I shall just post this now and continue a brand new post another day. Shish. It is 4 days later. FAIL.

 

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Air Asia to Bangkok

This was my very first time ever flying Air Asia to Bangkok. Never again!!! For all the love of Tony Fernandez, we boycotted Air Asia for awhile in the last 2 years due to various reasons yet we took it this time round because all the other airlines to Bangkok cost about RM4,000 per passenger. Like WTF? That is how much I paid to go to London not so long ago!

Last week, the Hubs was suggesting we fly Air Asia to Japan because it is a direct flight to Chitose Airport instead of flying in to Japan Narita and staying the night like we previously did but after our Air Asia experience, and I must add, to be fair to Air Asia, it was not their flights that were bad at all but the airports they land at that just didn’t cut it. Although now everyone can fly, I choose to fly elsewhere. Call me an airport snob.

I will tell you why. At Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, as though it wasn’t bad enough that it was an old, musky airport where basics like air-conditioning didn’t even work, it was infested with people from China. Those PRC people really, truly get on my nerves like BIG TIME. They do not have manners, they cut queues, they push and shove, they spit, they dirty the toilets like they’re in China, and oh my goodness, they talk like they’re all deaf. Why must they SHOUT????!!!! They just drive me insane. Period. I am never taking Air Asia to Bangkok again.

To make matters worse, I had to queue with these PRC people for almost an hour to claim back my VAT from the shopping that we did in BKK and by the time I got to the front counter, they informed me that I couldn’t claim for the VAT because I hadn’t received the stamp from the customs officer. WTF???? You mean I had to spend all that time with PRC people and it was just a complete waste of my time??? I was PISSED. I tore up the VAT forms right in front of them and stomped off. OK…..I’m kind of getting a feeling where T2 gets her DIVA-ness from…….*chuckle*

Our holiday in Bangkok was so perfect….I shopped all day by myself, the kids had the time of their lives all day with their dog, we got to spend quality time with Uncle Ben and Aunty Nun who is now as big as a baby blue rhino and we got to eat several scoops of Swenson’s every single day (like really….) and of course, THAI FOOD. Authentic Thai Food. There is just nothing like eating areal Thai food with a real Thai person following you around, even if she resembles a rhino. An incredibly pretty rhino mind you. Aunty Nun had twins, or she had 2 sacs but one didn’t make it so she is left with one. Yet, I think maybe she was meant to have twins that she is so large. It is just one of those things. And if I am calling her a rhino, that only makes me her NON-PREGNANT sidekick, the hippo. Shame on me.

I spent all of 8 hours shopping all by myself in flats until my feet ached. Can you imagine if I was in anything else? It was a glorious day of shopping. Such little opportunity unless I am purchasing online which serves a very different experience altogether. I was busy sending pictures of handbags to my girlfriends and my husband asking which colour, which colour – LOL. The Hubs asked if I wanted to open a Chanel store.

We ate a lot at the hotel too because the kids were so boring and only wanted Western all the time, so they would eat at the hotel and then I would eat out. A fabulous trip with my girls. T2 fell in love with these Ever After High dolls and she got Season 5 Shopkins which we had spent days searching all over KL in every mall but could not find so she was well chuffed. T1 bought nothing. She is just NOT interested in wasting any money at all. She is just crazy sensible like that.

So I decided that I am going to start flying First Class. Booyah. That was Bangkok for me. I love creating memories. Bangkok Madonna. Bangkok First Class. Yup. Life is GREAT.

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Angels taking care of me…..

Tonight, it is 12.24pm and I have not showered. I have spent the last 8 hours working. I do not work every day. I work once a week usually. In fact, most days I am enjoying life playing with my kids or reading or exercising, or plain chatting with friends talking cock and singing songs, and of course, posting on Facebook (my absolute FAVOURITE past time) and well, blogging. I could do so much more but I am the laziest ass around. I don’t even go out to socialise. I am kind of allergic to people. I get media invites which I have to politely decline. I must always remember that I am a heart patient and it has to be ME FIRST.

On top of revelling in my glory of happiness, I have been helping several people with financial challenges and am always the first to say yes as it is a bad habit. My bad habit. I have never needed much. Thus believe that everything I have in access, I can give. However, of late, I went overboard and the Hubs went a bit crazy. He said, “…..even people who earn millions don’t give like this!!! Will any of these people be there for you when you need help? You never know when your heart surgery will be and that could cost a few hundred k right there!!” He was not happy. After all, this is all money that we never had before and so, whatever he makes should be for us and us only. Whatever I make rightfully, I should be able to give away SHOULD I WISH!!!

But you know, he has a point. Charity begins at home. And right now I have an Angel of a friend who keeps reminding me of that fact. She has forced me to pledge that for the month of August, I am to save RM 50,000. August will be MY MONTH. Everything in access, I can give away. But the goal is to put away RM50,000. Guess I can give RM30,000 away!!! That is sure as hell better than giving RM50,000 away. Even though I have zero expectations from all these people whom I give to, the Hubs does not feel the same. So we continue to have this battle for charity. It has been like this for the last 5 years. But my friend says, because AUGUST IS MY MONTH, I will save. And the plan is to go for a girlie holiday to Paris Business Class and stay in a nice hotel and shop silly till I am all Chanel-ed out. The other driver is that this holiday cannot happen if I do not lose weight and look fabulous. Hahahahaha. Otherwise all the holiday photos will be wasted!!!

So I told the Hubs very gently this evening, that I am planning a girlie holiday next year to Paris. His first words were, “Why can’t we come along??? We will come along. I will stay with the girls. You go off with your girls and we won’t disturb you.” Hahahahaha. Fish! So much for a girlie holiday, man!!! Perhaps I have to do this girlie holiday in Korea instead!!! I am sure he will not want to go to Korea. Maybe I can get a nose job in the process.

Said Angel has suggested that I start moving money to Singapore to buy shares there. Check.

Holidays to Bangkok to see the dog (my kids’ cousin) – Check.

Holiday to Hong Kong to visit Cinderella’s Castle – Check.

Holiday to Niseko for Round 2 Skiing – Check.

Where should we go next year? Still on our TO DO LIST, we have a trip to Europe to visit Godma Jamie’s new home and cuddle her new baby! We have to go to the States to stay at Aunty Cheng’s new home with the swimming pool. Kids are just dying to do that because all they care about is swimming every single day. I still have dreams of caravanning in seemingly boring New Zealand but I feel that it should be experienced and perhaps make a trip to the glaciers. We cannot do it all in a year most likely due to school holidays but we shall sure TRY!!!

Ok, back to reading my book now – John Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer.

Want a sweet life? Join my team and work your ass off like I did. Only for a year. Follow every step I made. You cannot be me, but you could get there in double or triple time. Why not? It will be worth it. For retirement. Why not indeed.

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My Diva Spoilt Kids

I have been researching flights and hotels for our upcoming holidays of late and guess what? I could kill me diva spoilt kids!!! They are so demanding yet I know deep down that if push came to shove, they would just bite the bullet and live with it, just as how my late Mom had always taught me.

As a child of 8 years old, mom would take me shopping and tell me to get whatever I wanted to get and this carried throughout my teens and even into adulthood. She was just the most generous, loving, amazing mother anyone could have. Not that material goods were her way of showing love at all but since she could afford it and if it made us happy, why not. She would do the same and gave abundantly to every other person. Waitress at club with mom who needs chemo? Mom would pay for it. Sick man at hospital who couldn’t afford his medicine? Mom would pay for it. Is it any wonder how close the apple falls under the tree? But in all of this, she always reminded me that one day, any day, we could lose all of this. We could be poor and we would have to eat sardines and rice daily. I was prepared for it but thankfully it never happened. Similarly with my girls, I spoil them a lot. But likewise I warn them that dooms day could come anytime and that they needed to adapt if necessary. They are ok with the concept. When reality hits, I cannot guarantee their ease of adaptation.

Mom believed in living life to the fullest. Easy come, easy go. Why work so hard to save all your money that you cannot take to your grave with you? Enjoy your life with joy and happiness, and make others happy. That is how she lived hers and that is how we live ours.
So with flights, we have been kind of boycotting Air Asia for a few years now due to the emergence of Malindo and such coupled with several bad experiences we had, until this week. Malindo was charging over RM4,000 to bring myself and 2 kids to Thailand, and MAS and Thai Airways were only a little cheaper. I went for Air Asia. Because this month in particular, I have given way too much money away. To the point I am so fearful of the Hubs finding out. With Air Asia, it would cost RM2,000 leaving us an additional RM2,000 for food and such. Hotel-wise, I asked my Sister-In-Law to recommend us some hotels because the last hotel we stayed at was over a thousand per night and without the Hubs with us, I just thought it wasn’t worth it and guess what she recommended? She named 5 hotels that were all beside a Chanel Store LOL!!! My God, she is not helping!!! But she didn’t tell me upon giving me the list. After looking at the hotel options and showing them to my kids who had all sorts of requests, from make sure the food is good, it will be good if the mall was just downstairs, get a new room ok Mom, one that is at least like our home not an old room like those you get in Europe, etc. In the end, I short-listed 2 and then went back to my Sister-In-Law to suggest, “Why don’t you just get us a hotel that is beside a Chanel Store….”

To which her reply completely floored me, “All the hotels I gave you are beside a Chanel Store.” OMG!!! Is she psychic or what?

And when the Hubs heard, he quickly added that I no longer have any space to put any new bags as Chanel bags come in Chanel boxes and all my cupboard space is FULL. And when my friends heard, they kindly offered me space in their homes for my Chanel bags. I have the best friends, I tell ya. There is this wallet on chain bag that I was meaning to get…..or a Kelly. Price difference 10 times more. Seeing that we just got some watches this month, perhaps I should give the Kelly a wait. Not to mention I have seriously over-stretched the budget already in impulsively offering to help! Oh, wait. I cannot even get a Kelly because apparently you have to be an Hermes customer for X amount of months or years before they would even consider selling you a Kelly. Fuck that shit. They can have their Jypsiere back. 35k of waste that was.

Speaking of handbags, something pertaining to handbags irritated me today. Women and their handbags, eh? You know how some women are super crazy about handbags? I will be the first to admit that I am a sucker for fashion. Yes, even with THIS body. Blek. But truly, I love fashion. My aunt was a super model and my late Mom was ever the stickler for being well dressed. You didn’t have to wear branded clothes, you just needed to have your style put together right. Some people have it. Some people totally don’t have it. So back to handbags. I buy handbags that I like. It has nothing to do with the brand. It just so happens that I have liked the Chanel look since I was a KID. YES!!! I kid you not!!! As a pre-teen, I was already drooling over Chanel bags and my Mom used to tell me I was so boring. But that was just my style. I liked it. Too bad it costs an arm and a leg. Anyway coming back to women and handbags…….women like to bitch. I have been criticised for my love of Chanel. Why? Because women who do not have it all will have nothing else better to do but to find something to talk about. I am so immune to the lies that are spread about me and the made up stories that I actually find amusing. Come on, get a life, women. We have lots of good work to do. Let us have fun together instead and build on communities rather than bring each other down.

Last night, a Malay family drove all the way from Melaka starting their journey at 845pm after the lady had finished her work and my hubs kept asking what crazy time these people were arriving? The fact that they were willing to drive over 4 hours just to get some Izumio from me just made me feel so grateful. My life is so easy. I had full respect for these people. Apparently the Dad who is a kidney failure patient has tried Izumio for 3 months and has seen results with it. The Doctors were pushing him for Dialysis as he badly needed it yet they are trying their best to prevent that from happening and were hoping that Izumio was the answer. And it has been!!! So they made ALL THAT EFFORT to drive to my home so late at night, picked up the Izumio and drove back. I got the opportunity to shake hands with the old Pakcik and sent them off quickly and safely back home to Melaka. These are the people I truly respect and wish to help. We will be getting updates later again if he is still off dialysis but I am very confident that he will be.

Thank you, Izumio. Alhamdulillah.

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After 7 years in London committing crimes to gain a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Bartlett, Mamapumpkin quit her full time job as the Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation in December 2014 due to the diagnosis of her double heart valve (aortal and mitral) regurgitation causing her to be extremely fatigued (insufficient oxygenated blood) and not being able to function as a normal human being. By the Grace of God, she was introduced to Izumio and Super Lutein and her health has rocketed since. She now pledges that it is the best thing that ever happened to her and earns a good living by sharing the benefits of Izumio and Super Lutein to the world.

Mamapumpkin also manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. Please LIKE the page and contact her for enquiries. She has just recently started Working Women Malaysia on Facebook to offer support to all women who want career and life success.

For information on Izumio and Super Lutein, please LIKE the Izumio Lutein Malaysia page on Facebook or email her at (mamapumpkin at gmail dot com) and she will be able to respond to all your queries. Or WhatsApp/Call her at 012-2333840.

There is also a Facebook support group that is STRICTLY for her growing team of customers and medical advisers (yes, there are Doctors in there). This is a place where user sharing is discussed working towards everyone’s best health. And of course, you will be guided towards your business success should you wish to share our Izumio stories too, a very viable business.

For more reading on her experience with Izumio and Super Lutein, please click on the following links:-

1. Izumio and Super Lutein for CANCER

2. Izumio and Super Lutein for Eczema

3. Izumio and Super Lutein heals Diabetes

4. Izumio and Super Lutein heals a Slipped Disc

5. Izumio and Super Lutein for KIDS

6. Izumio and Super Lutein for a Happy Family

7. Izumio and Super Lutein for WOMEN

8. Izumio and Super Lutein for EYES

9. My personal recommendation on Izumi and Super Lutein

10. The Izumio Super Lutein Business

11. My success with the Izumio and Super Lutein Business

12. Izumio and Super Lutein Business Expansion

13. My Earnings for April 2015 from sharing the Availability of Izumio and Super Lutein

14. Izumio and Super Lutein for Glaucoma

15. Izumio and Super Lutein have NOTHING to do with Alkaline Water (now known as active Hydrogen water)

16. It is all about KIZUNA – the bonds of friendship

17. Finding A Job You LOVE

18. Best Income Opportunity in Malaysia (even higher than a Director of a profitable oil palm plantation and an ex-United Nations Ambassador who are both in this with us)

19. Izumio and Super Lutein for the LUNGS

20. Living A Happy Life

21. Prevention of Age-Related Macular Degeneration – AMD Eye Disease

22. Best Supplements for Children – Malaysia

23. Healing Prostate Cancer Naturally with Izumio and Super Lutein

24. The OPPORTUNITY of a LIFETIME but better still, HEAL THE WORLD!!!

25. Prevention of Breast Cancer with Izumio and Super Lutein

26. The Science of Molecular Hydrogen – Izumio is the REAL DEAL

27. WHY you should refrain from taking medicine and drugs as much as possible

28. Izumio alert for Appendicitis

Or do a SEARCH on this blog on the top right hand corner for IZUMIO and you should be able to find anything related to Izumio. Mamapumpkin talks about Izumio everyday. It is her life after her family.

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Thank you, Izumio – AGAIN!!! – Appendicitis

Thank you, Izumio – AGAIN!!! For bringing out the appendicitis in T1 and for allowing us to get to the hospital in time for that emergency operation. Thank you for making it all go super smoothly and thank you for letting her have such a superb recovery. The Doctor gave her 3 weeks of Medical Leave but she is up and about on Day 5 walking around in Pavilion already. How amazing is that??? The appendicitis operation is exactly like a C-section except that the cut is only a third of the size of a C-section. Whatever she went through I could relate. This is how it began……

2am – I was awoken by T1 by my bed saying that she wanted to vomit. I told her to go sit on the toilet bowl so that in the event she did, it would be in the toilet and not on my bed! Within minutes, she was puking on the toilet floor rug. My brand new green washroom floor rug. It now had a lump of orange porridge with black bits. What the hell has she been eating??? Food poisoning for sure. I asked her what she had eaten the day before and it turned out that we had all had the same food. There must have been SOMETHING different, I told her. THINK.

I quickly gave her a packet of Izumio knowing that it is the best thing to recuperate and get over any food poisoning stint ASAP and she vomited as soon as she finished the packet again. All over the toilet floor before we could clean up the green rug. I woke the Hubs up as I needed backup. He is no stranger to puke cleaning as he did it A LOT when I was pregnant with both girls. Bless him forever.

I was pretty sure that the vomiting was over by now since Izumio would have brought it all out. I sent her to bed and she asked if I could put some YUYI oil on her tummy. I said YUYI oil??? Shish. That oil must be 10 years old since we used it on you as a baby! Let me put some Digize oil on you instead. It is great for indigestion and food poisoning according to Aunty Mei Leng. After rubbing the oils into her tummy, she fell asleep.

At 6am in the morning, she had a raging fever hot as a kettle. Goodness. This must be some bad food poisoning I thought to myself. I gave her another Izumio and she vomited again. I told her to rest and went for yoga. During yoga, I got a call from my housekeeper to tell me that T1 was really not looking well. She had eaten some porridge but did not vomit. STRANGE. Anyway, housekeeper was panicking and I was calm as a cucumber wanting to finish up my yoga class and so she said that if T1 vomited again, that she would call me. I was just at the gym 20 steps away. When I came back, I asked T1 to take another Izumio for her fever and she vomited again. Oh dear. Should I take her to the Doctor? Yes-No-Yes-No-Yes-No? If it was indeed food poisoning, Izumio really would take care of it. Easy. But what if it wasn’t?

I drove her to the local clinic anyway. I asked the Hubs if I should take her straight to the hospital and he said no need. At the clinic, the Doctor said she was double positive for appendicitis whatever that meant. She was made to jump on one leg to check if she had abdominal pain and she did. And she was also probed around her stomach and the pain was exactly where the appendix was. I was instructed to take her straight to the hospital except that it was exactly the time that I had to pick T2 up from school too. How urgent is it, Doctor? I have to pickup my little girl from school. “Well, appendicitis is actually a medical emergency. You do not want to wait till it ruptures.”

Aiyahhhhhhh………Why give me such decisions to make???

I asked T1 if she was in pain and if OK to withstand another half hour whilst we zoom to go pick T2 up. She said ok. So we went to school and joined the school queue. Half way, T1 said that the pain was getting worse. FISH!!! Do what? Do what? Do what? The car was sandwiched in a school traffic jam. Do I turn around and go to the hospital? Or do I wait just a little bit more to get T2 then zoom off? I was so stressed I couldn’t decide. A dear friend offered to pick T2 up as I couldn’t get the Hubs on the phone – TYPICAL. Another dear friend said go-go-go. I kept asking T1, “How much more painful? On a scale of 1-10? Bearable or not?” The poor girl must have been so traumatised……I eventually managed to get the Hubs, called the school to tell them that the Hubs would be late in picking T2 up from school and to watch her meanwhile till he arrived and I zoomed to the hospital A&E. She was wheelchaired in immediately as she could barely walk by then.

The Medical Officer also said she sounded like she had appendicitis but to let the tests confirm it so she went for a couple of tests and they called in the paediatric surgeon. He arrived and touched her pulse and told me she had appendicitis. How the heck did he do that????? I thought only Chinese Sinsehs did that!!! He said it was experience. Pffft. He gave me 2 options – remove the appendix before it ruptures or wait for it to rupture. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Risk of rupture meant a colony of sick bacteria traveling all over her body into her blood stream possible causing septicaemia and death.

Without further ado, she was rushed into the operating preparatory room and myself whisked to get changed into operating room gear and within minutes, T1 had passed out on general anaesthesia and some gas. I was asked to wait outside for the hour and it was the longest hour of my life. So thankful that Mom was by her side throughout her ordeal and soon enough, she was pushed to her suite still asleep and that night and the following four nights thereafter, I slept with her on the couch because the hospital didn’t even have a spare bed for me to rent. The bill came up to about RM15,000 much less than expected but no biggie since Naturally Plus pays out multiples of that every so often. Peace of mind indeed, I am so grateful that I do not have to worry about surprise medical bills.

And the moment T1 was discharged, I was on a flight to another city to meet my new team. I had actually wanted to cancel the trip but people were flying in for it and the Hubs said to go and so I did. It was a whirlwind trip and I almost missed my flight the next day! I booked a taxi for 5.30am but obviously the body was just too exhausted to even hear the multiple alarm clocks that I had set. This is after 4 nights on a hospital couch mind you so when I got a phone call at 6am, I literally jumped out of my skin and without even brushing my teeth or washing my face (I would do that later at the airport!), flew down the hotel lift and caused a flat tyre by jumping into the taxi. Well, almost. Thankfully, the guy knew exactly which terminal gate to stop at and I ran to the counter (as surprise, surprise, I hadn’t even done web check-in) only to be told that the flight was now closed. Can you imagine the look of horror on my face?

I told the local counter guy that I absolutely COULD NOT miss my flight back to KL as I had a sick daughter who’d just undergone an operation and if need be I would pay double, triple even just to get me onto that flight back. He said, “M’am. It is your responsibility to come early for check-in. I have 7 people on my wait list who have paid double for your seat and I have already told them they could have it.”

I was thinking WTF, it wasn’t that I was THAT late??? Boarding hadn’t even happened yet!!! And I told him that I would pay TRIPLE so shouldn’t I overtake those on wait list who were paying double??? He said no, sorry. I started begging and crying and pleading, I even fell onto the floor to act out my Tamil drama with my make belief saree (for the glory of Air Asia and Tony Fernandez) but he said no.

“OK, get me onto the next flight then.”

“I am sorry, M’am. All flights to KL are fully booked today.”

So I punched the guy and I got a seat. No doubt they took away my front row seat and placed me right at the back as detention but at least I got my seat. Alhamdullilah.

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Having Regrets

Having regrets is what I try to talk many out of having but people are a funny breed. Of course, aliens are too and definitely those from the PRC (not all but many), and the many dan lain-lain cattle. Sometimes I wonder if I should just live my life with dogs and cats. Much simpler, much smarter. 

I keep telling people, I have retired. My life is mine now to do whatever I want. It is really true and whether you believe it or not has no consequence in my life. And in a matter of months my husband will retire too and together we will hopefully NOT make babies (D, you watch it, don’t jinx me!). As I go about helping fellow women and sisters raise their livelihoods whilst helping the poor and sick, I remind all to share about Izumio and Super Lutein from the get go. Do not let your fears hold you back, for the life you could have saved could go before your eyes in a flash. I have several instances where Izumio and Super Lutein were not shared from Day One followed by all sorts of excuses. You know they are just that because it is exactly what it is. I don’t mind your excuses, I don’t really care. But the thing is, your excuses affect you and your excuses take you either up or down. It is all good if you just accept your direction where your excuses take you but when you come running in desperation to me when everything goes belly up, when I have time and time again spread the word to tell EVERYONE about Izumio and Super Lutein, you halt. It is too late. If the patient needs time to research before using izumio and Super Lutein to save his life, it is too late. The patient should have done the research months ago so that when he decides, he can take it any time. But because YOU failed to share it with him months ago, he didn’t know any better. And now that he is at his last leg of life, you are forcing him to take it? How is that fair to him? Why didn’t you share months ago when hope was a bigger word? I am sorry but I cannot help you. I have retired. 

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A full day – FULL

My Saturday began at 7am and I made the effort to get dressed up. I have not had any make up on for months but today, I felt like it. I was meeting some intelligent people (love them!) yet did not have to show off. I never have to show off. I think that when it comes to social status, the more rich you are, the lesser you need to show off. It is the wannabes that seem to have the need of showing off. The reason I bring this up is because conventionally, in my experience, when one is meeting a VIP, chances are it is expected that you dress in a certain manner or want to look your best. For example, if I were to have dinner with the prime minister of X country (let’s think USA or UK for more credibility), what would I wear? Me personally? I could wear shorts if I felt like shorts that day. No need to wear to impress. Unless it is out of respect and a dress code is requested.

Our meeting took place and 3 hours later, I was whisked off for lunch followed by an after birthday party hosted by the big extended Woo family that ended at 530pm. Later, I had to catch up on all the messages that I had missed all day and attend to some serious training with one of my team members and did some number crunching. Sometimes I ask myself, if one earned a 6 figure monthly salary, why would one even care anymore? And because I care, truth be told, I feel like vomiting blood sometimes. People stress me out immensely. It is not the lack of intelligence but the laziness that gets to me. If one is so lazy, then should one expect to earn a 5 figure salary let alone even sniff a 6 figure salary? To date, I do not know many people in my team who have worked as hard as I have. One person comes close but out of almost 2,000 people, nobody. Nobody has moved as many boxes as I have nor spent countless hours attending to Enquiries and the works. Which is rightfully then why I deserve to succeed more than others? Of course, everyone will succeed. Some just more deservingly. It really grinds my groat though when a lazy person has expectations. Saying it out loud as it is.

You know me. I am as vocal as vocal can get because I am fearless. If I think you look like a pug, I would tell you if you asked. If you were my friend and I thought you were sinking, I would slap you and wake you up. And if your husband were having an affair and I had evidence of it, I would get myself involved and show you the evidence too. Because THAT is what I would want people to do for me. Didn’t they say do unto others as you want them to do for you? I love criticism. It makes me a better person. Compliments are too cheap. I’m a tough woman. I know. It almost makes others fearful of approaching me but have faith in yourself that I do not bite. If you are hard working, or are sincere, I will always make time for you. Always.

Sometimes I wonder if I expect too much from others. I have a relatively high IQ of 146 and although I can be blur as hell and have a crap memory, I have my talents in certain areas. I get impatient easily with people who cannot think as quick and I do not understand why they are not getting it when it is so clear to me. I am not sure what to do with this problem. Have more patience? Learn to explain and teach in various ways? Have more training? What? I just feel it is laziness. If one works hard, surely one would understand? It is because one is not bothered that one is lost. Is it not? Be honest here. If you have done your homework, you would have asked the pertinent questions to understand whatever it is you needed to understand? I am just upset that my BFF is no longer able to support me and be my go to person. Thus I am ranting openly.

I lament to the Hubs and he is a tougher businessman than I am. I always feel and as much as I want to let go, I cannot. Whereas the Hubs would just say cut. I need to learn from him. Oh well, tomorrow will be a better day. I am seeing my Klang Gang. Woot!!!

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Doctors in Malaysia

Doctors in Malaysia, and Doctors around the rest of the world quite frankly….I hate them. Until today. Why? Because I have been visiting Doctors since I was a teenager due to……I don’t know……perhaps I was overly malnourished as a child and then developed lots of health issues, just as an example, my late Mom as a single Mom fed me diluted condensed milk because she could afford nothing else and my entire mouth of teeth were gone by the age of 3. She earned RM100 a month in 1974 and starved herself quite a bit so I could eat and we could have a roof over our heads shared with 2 other Taiping ladies. One bedroom above a shoplot with 3 thin mattresses on the floor and 3 suitcases. It was very cosy. I still have the image in my mind because of my photographic memory. 

My earliest memory of Doctors was actually of dentists in the Government Hospitals that my grandmother worked at with several nurses holding me down as the dentist extracted my rotten malnourished teeth one by one. It was visit after visit after visit. They would trick me that I was going somewhere and then bang, it was the hospital. 

My next memory of Doctors was always my Dad taking me as a young kid and teenager whenever I got sick. Oh, I did have that running through the glass door accident when I was 10 too and the feet operation at 14. So you see? I am very familiar with the damn medical faculty. 

And when I lived by myself in London, I was still playing BFF with Doctors and hospitals!!! WTF!!! I was hospitalised literally every winter for asthma for up to 2 weeks and thank goodness my stay there was free!!! Bored shitless out of my mind I actually snuck out of the hospital for 7 hours once. UCH it was. Hee. And of course after I came back to KL, my relationship with Doctors and Hospitals continued. WTF. Like seriously. 

Hemiplegic migraines, chronic asthma, and now heart disease? My body has been pretty fucked for a long time! Who is to blame? Me. Absolutely me. Bad lifestyle choices, bad food, lack of sleep, poor stress management, all have contributed to my poor health. Yet because of my intense dislike of Doctors, I have tried to boycott them all as I know many who are unethical. I even have family members working in Pharma and know how the Doctors get incentives. 

So today, I met a pioneer kidney specialist. He was pretty old and had achieved a lot in his field of medicine. As I was the last patient for the day, the very kind gentleman lent me 2 whole hours of his time. He was meant to leave at 11am but I held him back till after 1.30pm and half way through, even his wife called to check if he was coming home for lunch. Dear handsome uncle Doctor, may you be blessed with everything that you wish for till eternity for your kindness. 

As it was a Raya week, most Doctors were not even working that day and the Radiology department was about to close yet this very kind Doctor called them to stay open for me and requested for another kind elderly Doctor to do the ultrasound on me. Usually at the hospital, it is always the technicians who do the Ultrasounds on me but today was special. The Doctor did it himself and took ages as he was so detailed and measured every single thing on the ultrasound – my ovaries, my kidneys, my liver, and I don’t know what else. Some black dots in the Ultrasound which I didn’t dare ask. He was a jolly old man himself so today, I fell in love with these two Doctors. They have regained my faith in Doctors but just the two of them. 

Because not only did they give me their time, they cared. They truly cared and I could feel it. They gave me so much time and we all know, time is our most precious commodity. And they fed me with so much knowledge. Many people are incredibly selfish with knowledge but these Doctors were outspoken enough to say that most Doctors were not only drug pushers but money making. It is the education of the Malaysian society that needs addressing. Malaysians are conditioned to always receive medication whenever a visit to the Doctor is made. This is bullshit. In America, I think he said it was, antibiotics were only prescribed when it was confirmed that a patient had a bacterial infection. Most patients were sent home to self heal. He also cited some studies which for the life of me I cannot remember. This very elderly Doctor also said that he has taken antibiotics in his whole life only THREE TIMES. 

OKayyyyyyy. Let’s see. I am now about half the age of that Doctor and must have taken antibiotics easily 20-30 times in my life. EASILY. And the Doctor said that many a time, it is the drugs that has killed that patients, not their disease. That is a really sad fact. They tried to educate the population but people do not want to listen. It is much more fun to abuse the body and then take drugs to suppress the issue at hand unknowing that longer term or quantified use of drugs eventually abuse the body further. Eating poorly also damages the body to a large degree. Meat, the wrong oils (the only safe oils thus far for frying is organic caratena oil from palm oil, coconut oil and olive oil uncooked), processed food in ANY form. His family only eats fruit and vegetables and occasionally fish. They hardly ever eat out and if they do, stay far, far away from fried food. Because of the dangers of the oils that restaurants use. Better be safe than sorry. Too many people are suffering from cancer, heart disease and failure of the organs. When we eat poorly, the toxic substances that enter into our body (such as the food conditioning found in commercial bread, antibiotic cows – milk included and chicken, fertilised vegetables, etc) does not get digested and start forming a poison layer slowly but surely around our stomach. This layer gets thicker and thicker and eventually, the normal functions of the organs get out of whack because nutrients are not absorbed sufficiently and the body produces wrong amounts of enzymes and insulin, and eventually we get disease. Free radical cell damage. 

Oh yeah. I am so familiar with this concept. And for my future, I have to start following the footsteps of the Doctor. He says we can all live till over a hundred years old and started showing me news clippings of tons of people in the world who lived beyond a hundred who looked fitter than me! Dang! And guess what? This Doctor plays tennis and is really fit. Shame on me. I can barely walk up a flight of stairs without panting and collapsing onto the ground despite exercising 4 times a week. 

So after Raya week, I pledge to eat only fish, eggs and fruit and vegetables. I will do this for a whole 2 weeks. I have never even managed to do this for ONE week but this time I will tell myself that I WILL do it. And I know that I CAN do ANYTHING that I set my mind out to do. Even kill the prime minister. Not that I will but I can. I will also refrain from any rice, wheat, flour made products, and sugar.  And dairy too. Let’s just give it a go once in my life to see how fresh faced I look after 2 weeks. After all, the Hubs says I couldn’t pass for a 31 year old (you think he needs to get his eyes checked?) yet my Neal’s Yard facial lady guessed that I was 30 years old. Bahahahahaha. She needs her eyes checked too. 

Embarrassingly, the Doctor took a special measuring tape today and measured my fat tummy. Oh dear. I told the Hubs, don’t look!!! 

Anyway, the Doctor said that if I could very difficultly eat well for at least 6 months, I WILL lose weight and get healthier. Everyone can do it. And if anything, Izumio and Super Lutein would boost that process and pro-long your life from death. 

Alhamdullilah. Thank you for such a wonderful Friday. 

Please extend my most sincere prayers to a few strong Muslim women who are fighting some very unfair battles right now. I know that in God’s eyes, they will come out of their predicaments more than  well. They are incredibly smart women and I love them to bits. Not for their intelligence but for their sincerity to the core. When one has these kinds of trueness, you just know. It’s like their hearts connect with yours through this spark of electricity and you just know. They have my back as I have theirs. Always. 

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Selamat Hari Raya to All my Muslim Friends and Loyal Readers!!!

Salam semua! Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin. This Raya we are stuck in KL because we booked too late as we were sick off and on in the last month playing a merry go round of catching the flu and none of us had any freaking Izumio because it was out of stock!!! Yes, in all of Malaysia, Izumio was out of stock and whatever I had left I gave to all my customers who needed it. Nevertheless, we are OK to stay in KL as time does heal even if change is inevitable. 

I am getting restless and have suggested taking the kids to London because I miss my friends and have been welcomed with big open arms to London BUT the Hubs refuses to let us go! He cannot go because he is so committed to his work (blek!!) and is probably just jealous of us going without him. But I so want to go and am confident that I can manage two girls in London surely. Come on, London is like my second home. I spent years there! But still he says it is too dangerous blablabla what if we get bombed blablabla *rolls eyeballs* But Myanmar he let us go!!! Then he exclaimed, “Yes, do you know how many sleepless nights I had worrying if I would ever see my kids back home again whilst you were in Myanmar?!?” Adake??? 

My poor BFF in London. She was excited when I mentioned I was coming. Well, there is still a month to decide and convince the Hubs to change his mind. It is literally us taking a flight to London, and we will be safe with my friends the moment we get there. I was thinking of taking the girls to watch more musicals, show them my old hoods, play in the parks and feed the ducks, just a quick break you know? Then T1 got protective and loyal with Daddy and said, let’s not go too far. What??? Duh!!! 

The greatest blessing this Raya was that my BFF was just discharged from IJN this week after having a few near death experiences that required the hospital alarms to go on code red beeping to shock his entire heart back to life. Eight times to be exact in a span of 24 hours. Alhamdulillah, he made it. Thank you, Mom. Thank you, God. I asked him if he met Jesus or Satan. He said neither. Obviously not time for him yet! Yay! But what a scary experience for his partner and family. They were all with him, even those from far abroad. I broke down crying one morning over breakfast and the Hubs panicked because he probably thought he had done something wrong – LOL! But it was just my fear that I would lose my BFF. Really, really, I am so grateful that he has been discharged after being in CCU and HDU for about a month. For him, I have made some promises to myself. For him, I am inspired. 

Make the most of every day, ladies and gentlemen. Life is too short and it is just not worth it fighting over petty little details. Every problem can be solved with time apart and/or good communication. Learn how to give if you have enough to give. If you have RM100, give RM1. If you have RM100,000, give RM10,000. The hubs’ face turned near black with a dropped jaw that rested on the floor recently when I gently hinted about how much I gave away this month. More than half my salary. I had to quickly justify my reasons with him about rezeki and what not or his face would have been really black! I don’t blame him. He was never raised to be charitable as he was a boarding school kid where making money is everything. Whereas for me, it is a way of life. I do it without expectation, just a habit from observing my late mom for years as a child, and hoping my Kids will inherit this habit too, and life is always good when you do not calculate and can give freely without expectation. Unlike some people I know who give free products away and then expect them to share. Errr……no. When I give, I give from the heart. Even if you were my friend, and I give, I do not expect you to stay loyal. I give because my heart says to give. Whatever you want to do to me is up to you. My blessings come from Heaven so I am very thankful already!

Selamat Hari Raya to my dearest family and friends. You are all so loved, I truly love all my Muslim friends. Extra prayers for my dear friend who has lost her children to an asshole of a husband who is a drug addict and CEO of a renown company that everyone glorifies. Just wait till the truth comes out, you bastards.

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Whirlwind Trip to Kota Kinabalu

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My Whirlwind Trip to Kota Kinabalu

Every time I go to KK, I always feel so blessed! The people are so wonderful, the air is different and of course the sea breeze with the majestic Mount Kinabalu radiates some incredible positive energy. My experience has always been extremely rich and this time was no less. Sunsets in KK are very beautiful. I have not experienced a sunrise yet but I already have plans to bring the kids there soon to experience just this.

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I went to help spread the love in KK to educate more and more people about the wonderful option of Izumio and Super Lutein to give them better health to end their suffering. I met tons of lovely people in doing that and had wonderful KK meals – fresh seafood!!! It was really, really, really good. And man, the chilli padi from KK is da bomb. I had the runs after no kidding!!! But if I had to do it again, I will. Hahahahaha.

I literally slept an hour the night before at 3am and had to wake up at 430am to catch the early morning flight from KLIA. I was not well the night before and had some trouble sleeping but anyways, after waking up, could not find a taxi to take me to the train station!!! I called my guards to help and eventually we got a cab and I was so thankful that I paid him RM50 even thought the bill was less than RM20 (due to being the wee hours of the morning) from Taman Duta to KL Sentral, literally a 3 minute ride without traffic. He was shocked but what the heck, he saved me from a lot of stress from missing my flight.

And when I arrived, my roomie driver was buzzing me but the airport immigration was so busy!! Who the heck travels to KK so early in the morning?!?

She whisked me for the famous KK befall noodles that was delicious.

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And thereafter, we were on the roll……

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We went shopping……

Had a massage…….(yes, if you look hard enough, you might be able to catch my naked body. Not that it is a lovely sight for viewing but you can be sure that if I had the body, I’d be flashing it all over the internet – KIDDING!!!!).

Before heading to the Naturally Plus office for my work…..

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There, I shared how just how by sharing my story with sincerity to people and posting on Facebook every now and again, I built a huge chunk of passive income that continues to grow till today. Even better, I have my health back and wait till I tell you this!!!

The day before I went to KK, I dropped by at the ophthalmologist to get my eyes checked because I was told that I was at risk for Retinal Detachment but lo and behold, not only do I NOT have cataract, glaucoma nor retinal detachment but my eye power had decreased yet again!!! I have all the prescriptions to prove it!!! This is after a year plus of consuming 6-10 Super Lutein every day. Many times I do miss my Super Lutein admittedly because I am just so bad at taking these things but on average, I do take it as I was so worried about my eyes.

And not only that! My trigger thumb from daily 24/7 iphoning, after suffering in pain for a whole 3 months has mysteriously and very suddenly DISAPPEARED. I just cannot believe it!!! It is such a huge, huge relief!!! For months, I have been struggling to type with the phone, I could barely hold a pen to write, I could not pull my pillow or my blanket around with my right hand, I could not pull up my pants, even buttoning my pants and shirts were a challenge, and mornings were the worst when the thumb just could. not. move. OUCH.

But in just this KK weekend, everything has sorted itself out. I did take a higher dosage this weekend due to the crazy lack of sleep and super busy weekend.

The bad news is that I spent another RM4,000 ordering new prescription glasses with lower power. I could have gone back to my old Pradas but I was too lazy to bring it out to check and besides, it is so much more fun getting new glasses. I chose a unique Tom Ford’s this time round. It almost looks UGLY but it’s quirky and so it will differentiate me from everyone else. I just want to live in my hole happily. Please do not disturb.

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After the presentation and mingling with all my potential customers (We welcomed 10 new customers on the spot by the way. Perhaps more by now). Below is the big team leader from Singapore that I got to know for the first time. Nice helpful humble man.

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He brought us out for this wonderful dinner.

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None of us had any rice because we are all educated about health people, yo!!! The clam soup was very nice!!

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We had a late night with lots of chatter and after I returned to my hotel room, I had a guest come over. Ahem. The next morning, I was out and about to meet another great friend from KK and she brought me to this awesome blossom porkie place called OINK.

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I had a ham sandwich and some bolognese pasta (both YUMMY!!) and tried for the very first time, bacon chips. Oh. My. Goodness. I wish I never tried!!!

Brought these two little darlings to ToysRus and had a wonderful time with them. Little A reminds me so much of my T2 – totally tiny princess diva gorgeous with a dimple and big boy T was truly lovable and very, very entertaining. He is so smart. I really enjoyed myself talking to him.

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After all that, it was time to fly back to KL and I got to enjoy this little cheeky monkey. You see what a wonderful weekend it was for me!! THANK YOU!!!

After I landed in KL, it was straight out with my own brood who missed me to bits and me them, and whilst waiting for dinner, T2 dug straight into her new toys from KK – the SHOPKINS, what else???? It is the current trend in 6 year olds, didn’t you know???

 

 

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I learnt so much in the process talking to a myriad of people from all backgrounds from the moment I arrived in the morning till the next morning. It was INTENSE!!! So many meetings with so many people!!!

Sitting down to learn from a millionaire over dinner is always encouraging and I learnt a lot. I am so blessed. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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All About Izumio

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This post is all about Izumio

What is it?

Why is it important?

Should we care?

Over the last few years, many of us would have come across references to the healing properties of Hydrogen – molecular hydrogen. There has been a rapidly growing marketing campaigns by existing products as well as numerous products arriving in the market. Like seriously!!! Have you seen how many products make hydrogen now? Please do not get confused and mix them all up. Unfortunately, the information that reaches us, the consumers, is not always presented in a clear and unbiased manner.

The healing effects of various curative waters have been documented in the Holy City of Lourdes (France), Nordenau (Germany), Tlacote (Mexico), Nadana (India), and Hita Tenryosui (Japan). These waters are much sought after and well known globally as miracle waters. Scientific research conducted to identify the healing properties finally arrived at the answer. These waters contained Molecular Hydrogen. And it was this element that was responsible for the healing properties of these waters. If you want to learn more, google. Read 10 articles on these curative waters before forming a conclusion and moving on to the next step. Why do people queue up for miles to take water from Lourdes? It heals them. People who have been on wheelchairs have walked again just by regular consumption of these waters. Miracles that are too good to be true. Yet it has happened. Quite simply, science was at play and it was no miracle at all.

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What is Izumio? I will tell you all about Izumio – It is Molecular Hydrogen in its natural gaseous form, where two Hydrogen atoms combine to for the Hydrogen gas molecule also known as H2 infused into water. This should not be confused with the other forms of Hydrogen which are its ionic forms H+ and H-. H2 is natural occurring while the ions of Hydrogen are only obtained through external intervention. They are MADE. The primary difference between these two forms of Hydrogen is that while the natural form of Hydrogen can be dissolved in water without changing its pH, the ionic form of Hydrogen will alter the pH of the water making it either alkaline or acidic. At higher concentrations of ionic Hydrogen, the pH will be outside published drinking water standards and regarded as unsafe. You can look up the Ministry of Health guidelines on water safety restrictions.

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Research into Molecular Hydrogen grew at an accelerated pace as its numerous healing properties came to light. The fact that our bodies contain colonic bacteria that produce Molecular Hydrogen meant that this was an element that was already completely acceptable to our bodies. Our individual cells have Hydrogen bonds binding our DNA. This is further supported by testing which concluded that Hydrogen was not at all toxic to the body even in large doses, up to several hundred times what is being used for therapy and the FDA has confirmed that Molecular Hydrogen is safe. Another good example of this is that deep sea divers have been using high concentrations of Hydrogen since 1943 without any problems. It is in fact completely natural and safe. This is why you should learn all about Izumio.

The International Journal of Clinical Medicine carried a paper in January 2016, in which 9 scientist from 8 different institutions around the world reviewed 338 papers published on the various benefits of Hydrogen and its healing potential (article can be viewed at the following link: Clinical Effects of Hydrogen Administration). For reference, since 2007, there have been over 500 peer-reviewed articles demonstrating Hydrogen to have therapeutic potential in essentially every organ of the human body and in 150 different human disease models. Is it any wonder that so many different products have come to the market to tap into this potential?

As a consumer, we need to make our choices carefully. The first step would be to understand some basic facts about Hydrogen. Hydrogen is the smallest atom in the chemical chart making it perfect for accessing the deepest darkest parts of the body (mitochondrial cells) where others cannot reach. Every chromosome, amino acid and protein block in our bodies need Hydrogen to build good quality cells. Because of its size it is also extremely difficult to keep Hydrogen in any vessel. Its small size allows it to penetrate and escape most containers including plastic, glass, etc, and the ONLY way to contain HYDROGEN is to use specially designed PATENTED material originally calculated by NASA. Storing Hydrogen water in other containers would result in rapid loss of Hydrogen content so you pay for minimal value. Whenever someone tells you that you only pay once and you get Hydrogen forever? Think 10 times and do your research. Would you rather pay a one off RM20,000 for a piece of metal that has very little benefit to you or would you rather pay RM435 monthly (or FREE even) and change your life? If you understood all about izumio, you would be making an instant decision with your eyes wide open.

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These facts alone can help us as consumers identify what is suitable and safe for us to consume when selecting from the wide range of products available today. The choices for HYDROGEN are numerous, from ionisers/electrolysis machines to tablets/sticks to pre-packaged Hydrogen enriched water. But are they all MOLECULAR HYDROGEN? Are they all at a SAFE pH to consume long term? When confronted with such choices, we consumers should be ready with our CHECKLIST and KNOWLEDGE so that we know what to look for. Or pay as blind bats only to regret later. Do not take the science of molecular hydrogen for granted. Learn all about izumio.

Are we happy with ionic Hydrogen and its associated pH levels or is it only natural molecular Hydrogen that we want to put into our body? Do we want a tablet or a stick that dissolves in water? Will that leave residue or contaminants? What is the REAL QUALITY of pre-packaged Hydrogen water? Is the packaging suitable (Aluminium doesn’t just mean Aluminium. There is very specific engineering that goes into the good packaging of quality MOLECULAR HYDROGEN water) or will I get a product that has lost Hydrogen? Ask these questions and research the answers as well. Don’t just take anyone’s word for granted. The science of molecular hydrogen can be understood. Keep reading, keep asking. And read up all your can all about Izumio.

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These were the exact same questions I asked myself when I was first introduced to Izumio. I wanted to understand the science of molecular hydrogen. You need to verify your answers till you are satisfied. It is your entire family’s lives and health at stake. I had to arm myself with knowledge to know that these were the questions I had to ask. It was difficult and it was an effort. But it was worth it.

Why?

MY FAMILY !!! 

Their good health = family happiness. And indeed I am SO BLESSED to have that right now.

Less drugs, less doctors’ visits (what do you mean less? Practically none…), it just means more time spent together laughing and enjoying life’s greatest moments.

As a wife and mother, I have realised how much difference their good health has made in our lives as a family and it is something I would happily expend a hundred times over the effort if needed in order to maintain it. I am so glad I made the effort to learn all about Izumio and molecular hydrogen.

Ask me the same questions if you want to know more. WhatsApp me at 012-2333840 if you are serious about your family’s happiness. I will be more than happy to help. Please quote secret code FAT CHICK for a special something.

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My Naturally Plus Journey

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October 2014 – I had just lost my Mother after a 14 year battle with cancer. I was also just diagnosed with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and told I would one day have to have an open heart surgery. I began taking Izumio and Super Lutein for my own health seriously.

November 2014 – I had to give up my high paying job because I was too sick to work. I told myself, no more Starbucks. I was also dropped (unknown to me) with a sudden debt of RM200,000 which was in my name that I couldn’t do much about and which my stepfather refused to pay for. Great! 

December 2014 – I did my 2nd post on Facebook about Izumio and Super Lutein and asked my leader why my income was so pathetic. RM155 that month? I was depressed because I was always tired and couldn’t understand why. Furthermore my brother and wife, my lifeline, were moving abroad for good. Uwaaaaa……

January 2015 – my income took a leap and I took the Chinese New Year fortnight off not sharing or discussing Izumio with anyone. I was amazed that I was still getting paid even though I was doing nothing and was on holiday in Kota Bharu. It wasn’t big money but heck, it was money that was free!!! I could have a lot of dinners with this free money.

May 2015 – I became an Excellent Member of Naturally Plus after hard work, trust and faith, and earned RM8,000+ for the month. Things were starting to look interesting. My goal had been to earn some RM10,000 pocket money for my own shopping and frivolous expenses and I gave myself 3 years to get there, since I now had no job. Although this was a drastic pay cut from my old salary, I figured I really didn’t need that much money. I was also blessed with a free holiday to The Maldives Islands at Club Med (flew first class too!) ………..thank you, Naturally Plus.

August 2015 – My income took a leap to RM15,000. I was asking my boss if this was here to stay? Or if this was a one-off kind of salary?

October 2015 – I had the most enjoyable FREE holiday in Nagoya/Tokyo with my team and won 3rd place as Rookie of the Year (USD3,000 prize money). My income took another leap to RM30,000. What the hell was going on?!? Was I complaining? Hell no. I also had the luxury to visit the Super Lutein factory in Japan! Which company would give you a 100% pay rise in 2 months???

November 2015 – Naturally Plus enabled my entire family for a FREE holiday to Sydney to attend the WLI congregation at the Sydney Opera House. Life was really becoming very enjoyable. We were always traveling, eating good food and spending all our time with the kids!!

December 2015 – I spent 2 weeks and RM50,000 in Tokyo/Niseko skiing, but made it all back in January 2016. How awesomely cool is that? Did I have to think twice that my accommodation cost RM2,400 per night? Not at all……

January 2016 – My boss told me that my income would very soon be RM70,000 monthly. I totally believe him because he has more than delivered on every front. Everyone wants to be my friend now and I keep a safe distance. My salary for January was close to RM60,000. 

February 2016 – my husband asked if he could retire soon? Since then, I have hired a housekeeper (the best in the world!), a yoga instructor (who practises with all the tai-tai’s so perhaps not a good choice since I am far from being one BUT she happened to know my late Mom and we click so I am keeping her), a Personal Trainer who specialises in heart problems and slipped disc issues, a Nutritionist who really knows his stuff, and a driver. On top of that, I have been passing this richness around to help the failing economy to the point my bank account actually is close to zero! Whatever comes in goes out but the richness that I gain from loving this amazing job cannot be beaten. And I am doing this with over a thousand inspiring and empowering women who only know how to raise others instead of bringing others down. The help and support in my team is just mind blowing. Many have said so. Ask them!!!

Are you next? 

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